Pregnancy complications range from minor to life threatening for the mother, baby, or even both. Learn about possible complications including preterm birth, post-term birth, gestational diabetes, and more in this section.
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Miscarriage Questions

From signs of miscarriage to confirmation of a miscarriage, read the answers to common miscarriage questions and learn about miscarriage signs and symptoms and the causes of miscarriages.

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  • Miscarriage Overview

    Miscarriage Overview

    From the signs and symptoms to the confirmation of a miscarriage, find the answers to common questions about miscarriages. See more »

  • A Guide to Pregnancy Complications

    A Guide to Pregnancy Complications

    No mother wants to have a difficult delivery or an unhealthy baby. Learn how to spot the signs of complications and, in some cases, find out what you can do about them. See more »

  • Anemia or an Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy and Childbirth

    Anemia or an Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy and Childbirth

    Iron deficiency anemia--a lack of iron in the blood--occurs in about 20 percent of pregnant women in the United States. Iron is an important nutrient during pregnancy, so it's important that you have an adequate intake. See more »

  • Diagnosing Placenta Previa

    Diagnosing Placenta Previa

    An embryo usually attaches to the upper part of the uterine wall, but sometimes implantation takes place in a lower location. The condition is called placenta previa and can interfere with a normal delivery. See more »

  • Miscarriage Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

    Miscarriage Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

    A miscarriage is the ending of a pregnancy due to the premature delivery of the fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. At this point, the fetus is not developed enough to survive outside the uterus on its own. See more »

  • Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

    Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

    Women with gestational diabetes, and their infants, can experience a number of symptoms and complications, from jaundice to stillbirth. Learn about the range of possible symptoms and how to avoid them. See more »

  • Cervical Incompetence

    Cervical Incompetence

    Cervical incompetence is one of the primary causes of miscarriages. Learn what's happening when a woman suffers from cervical incompetence. See more »

  • Chickenpox During Pregnancy

    Chickenpox During Pregnancy

    Usually chickenpox is a benign illness, but in a pregnant woman it can cause serious complications for mother and baby. Learn about the dangers of having chickenpox during pregnancy. See more »

  • Fibroids During Pregnancy

    Fibroids During Pregnancy

    Fibroid tumors occur in 50 to 80 percent of women. Read the answers to these commonly asked questions about pregnancy and fibroids. See more »

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational Diabetes

    Women who have gestational diabetes are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Learn more facts about gestational diabetes, prevention, and treatment. See more »

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