When I first became pregnant, I had a lot of fears. I worried whether or not I would be a good mom, if my baby would be healthy, and if I would be able to get that complicated stroller out of my car trunk by myself. Among all this fretting, the possibility of me becoming seriously ill never crossed my mind. I was in good health and figured that would carry out through my pregnancy. But there are some serious maternal health issues you have never heard about that should have been on my radar. Because not knowing the signs of these conditions could be fatal.
The tricky thing with being pregnant, is all the changes your body is experiencing. So what may seem odd to you (the veins in your legs suddenly tripling in size) is a total normal side effect of being pregnant. But other times, symptoms that may seems to be as ordinary as the common cold, could be harboring some a nasty secret. Many of these conditions can have serious affects on both you and your baby if not diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.
If you are pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant, make sure to take note of these 11 maternal health issues that are not commonly talked about, so you can be your own best advocate for your health.