Common prenatal health problems:
· Anemia – this is caused by an iron-deficiency, or low red blood cell count, and can cause you to feel tired, weak, and short of breath.
· Gestational diabetes – this occurs when you experience high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Symptoms include frequent urination, fatigue, nausea, and blurred vision. Recent studies have shown a sizable increase of this health issue with pregnant women in the United States.
· High blood pressure – pregnancy hormones can cause an increase in blood pressure that results in rapid weight gain, headaches, and dizziness. Note: this could lead to preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that requires immediate medical attention.
· Depression – or antenatal depression occurs during some pregnancies due to changes in hormone levels. Symptoms include persistent sadness, anxiety, difficulty with concentration, and changes in sleeping patterns.
· Birth defects – these are abnormalities present at birth that could impair your baby’s functionality. These are largely caused by environmental or genetic factors.
That’s a scary list, but the good news is that you can work to prevent some of the above pregnancy related concerns before you even become pregnant. Some people ask what the best prenatal vitamins before pregnancy are. While we don’t recommend you take a prenatal vitamin before pregnancy (as too many unnecessary vitamins and minerals can cause problems), there are a few specific supplements you should start taking if you plan to become pregnant.