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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Endometriosis During Pregnancy

Have endometriosis and wondering how your condition will affect you and baby throughout pregnancy? We've got all the answers.

What is endometriosis during pregnancy?

Endometriosis is when the tissue that usually lines the uterus grows outside of it, and on and around the pelvic and abdominal organs. If you have endometriosis, you’re probably wondering how it will affect your pregnancy.

What are the signs of endometriosis?

The most common symptoms of endometriosis are abdominal pain, heavy periods, painful intercourse and severe menstrual cramps. You might also experience fatigue.

The good news is: While you’re pregnant, you might actually get some relief from your endometriosis symptoms. “The high levels of progesterone during pregnancy often induce a bit of remission,” says Sharon Phelan, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico.

Are there any tests for endometriosis?

Yes and no. Ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs may be used to rule out other conditions. But endometriosis can only be definitively diagnosed with surgery, since a doc actually needs to look around in there to confirm you have it.

How common is endometriosis?

About 7 million women in the US have endometriosis.

How did I get endometriosis?

No one knows for sure. One theory is that certain women are genetically predisposed toward endometriosis. Another is that it’s caused, at least in part, by “backward” flow of menstrual fluid, which can cause normal menstrual fluid to leak into the abdomen. A third theory is that the disorder might be caused by a problem with the immune system.

How will my endometriosis affect my baby?

It shouldn’t. At least one research study suggests that endometriosis increases the risk of preterm birth, but most women with endometriosis have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies (see next page for treatments).

-- Jennifer L.W. Fink


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