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Pregnancy complications

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Follow the links below to find trusted information about pregnancy complications.

Last reviewed: May 2018

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Complications & Birth Centre | Raising Children Network

Find out what happens if you have pregnancy or birth complications in a birth centre, and compare across different settings in our Birth Choices guide.

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Complications of Pregnancy | myVMC

Pregnancy is a normal and natural event. However, it may pose risks to the mother. Complications can include ectopic pregnancy, placenta praevia, placental abruption, preeclampsia or premature delivery.

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Miscarriage

A miscarriage refers to the loss of a baby during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The majority of miscarriages occur in the early stages of pregnancy, mostly during the first three months of pregnancy or 'first trimester'.

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Life, Loss, Hope: Surviving the death of your baby

A book to support parents who are grieving the death of their baby

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Smoking and Passive Smoking during Pregnancy | myVMC

Smoking or being exposed to tobacco smoke, either before or during pregnancy is associated with a range of poor pregnancy outcomes, including reduced fertility, an increased risk of pregnancy complications and impaired infant and child development.

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Complications during pregnancy

Some women will experience complications such as bleeding, itching, high blood pressure or severe vomiting during pregnancy that will require treatment.

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How endometriosis affects pregnancy

Find out more about how endometriosis affects pregnancy, how endometriosis can affect infertility and cause problems in pregnancy as well as treatment options.

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Bleeding during pregnancy

Trusted information on bleeding during pregnancy including the causes and finding out the cause of the bleeding, plus links to trusted resources.

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A father’s grief - A booklet for fathers whose baby has died before, during or shortly after birth

A new baby is supposed to be a time of happiness and excitement. While a mother is physically connected to her baby during pregnancy, a father may also be intimately involved with the pregnancy, having seen scans and felt movements and kicks.

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Complications & Homebirth | Raising Children Network

Find out what happens if you have pregnancy or birth complications in a homebirth, and compare care across different settings in our Birth Choices guide.

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