What complicates a pregnancy?
Any pregnancy in which the mother or unborn infant’s health is compromised by a disease or condition is considered a complicated pregnancy. Complications fall into three categories:
• Issues caused by a mother’s underlying medical condition (such as diabetes, epilepsy or an autoimmune disorder)
• Difficulties that develop during pregnancy (such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia)
• Problems with the pregnancy (such as preterm labor, placenta previa and fetal disorders)
If you're one of the many women dealing with a complicated pregnancy, there are organizations set up to help. Check out the links below to see if they might have the resources you need.
American Diabetes Association
Information and message boards for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Support and information for families dealing with fetal distresses and syndromes.
March of Dimes
An international nonprofit organization focused on improving infant health with a website containing a wealth of pregnancy- and newborn-related educational articles and listings of local chapters for offline support.
A patient advocacy organization with active online forums and resource centers for women dealing with preeclampsia and other hypertensive pregnancy disorders.
A nonprofit with a unique one-on-one approach that matches high risk women with a “buddy” to correspond with (via email or phone) for emotional support throughout their pregnancy.