First Trimester Pregnancy Concerns
There are many different things that a woman should be concerned with during the first trimester of pregnancy. The fact of the matter is that the first trimester of pregnancy is perhaps the most critical time of pregnancy, and it is the time when concerns that threaten the life or the health of the baby or the mother are likely to arise.
One of the biggest first trimester pregnancy concerns has to be the concern about miscarriage. While miscarriage can certainly occur later on in pregnancy, the vast majority of miscarriages occur during the first trimester of pregnancy. In fact, as your pregnancy continues to advance, your risks of needing to be concerned about having a miscarriage decrease proportionately. While it is estimated that as many of 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, less than 1% of pregnancies end in the death of the baby after the 20th week of pregnancy. In fact, many miscarriages even occur before a woman knows that she is pregnant. While the causes of miscarriage can vary greatly, the fact of the matter is that many miscarriages occur without ever knowing what the cause might be. We do know that some things, such as stopping smoking, may be able to reduce the concern about miscarriage during the first trimester of pregnancy, as well as throughout the rest of pregnancy.
Pre-eclampsia, which is also known as pregnancy-induced hypertension, is another important concern in the first trimester and throughout pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia refers to pregnancy-induced hypertension. Symptoms of preeclampsia include high blood pressure, as well as protein in the urine and fluid retention. However, the good news is that, generally, preeclampsia occurs in the latter part of pregnancy.
Another concern during the early part of the first trimester of pregnancy is the concern of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than on the inside of the womb. This is the most common cause of maternal death during the first trimester. It is not always clear why an ectopic pregnancy occurs. Some research suggests that they may be related to problems with the fallopian tubes that have been caused by infections like STDs. If an ectopic pregnancy is detected early, as it is in nine out of ten cases, the mother will be fine and can go on to have a successful subsequent pregnancy.
If you believe you may be at risk for any of these concerns, it is important that you discuss your concerns with your health care provider as soon into your first trimester of pregnancy as you can.