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Health | Pregnancy & Parenting | Pregnancy Complications

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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Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

A woman's body goes through a range of changes during pregnancy, and it's sometimes hard to know what's worth worrying about. Find out what symptoms warrant a call to your obstetrician.


Cervical Incompetence

 Cervical Incompetence

Cervical incompetence is one possible complication during pregnancy. Learn about cervical incompetence at Discovery Health. See more »

Chickenpox During Pregnancy

 Chickenpox During Pregnancy

Chickenpox during pregnancy can complicate a pregnancy. Learn about chickenpox during pregnancy at Discovery Health. See more »

How to Cope With Pregnancy Bed Rest

 How to Cope With Pregnancy Bed Rest

Knowing how to cope with pregnancy bed rest will keep you healthy and sane. Learn how to cope with pregnancy bed rest at Discovery Health. See more »

Miscarriage Questions

 Miscarriage Questions

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

Placental Abruption

 Placental Abruption

Placental abruption can complicate a pregnancy. Learn about placental abruption at Discovery Health. See more »

Placenta Previa

 Placenta Previa

Placenta previa can complicate a pregnancy. Learn about placenta previa at Discovery Health. See more »

Pregnancy Infections

 Pregnancy Infections

Pregnancy infections can complicate a pregnancy. Learn about pregnancy infections at Discovery Health. See more »

Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

 Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

Knowing what pregnancy symptoms you should not ignore will keep you and your baby health. Learn what pregnancy symptoms you should not ignore. See more »

Premature Rupture of Membranes

 Premature Rupture of Membranes

A premature rupture of membranes can complicate a pregnancy. Learn about the premature rupture of membranes at Discovery Health. See more »

 Fibroids During Pregnancy

Fibroids during pregnancy is an issue expectant mothers should be aware of. Learn about fibroids during pregnancy at Discovery Health. See more »