Pre-existing medical conditions that can affect your pregnancy

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Planning a pregnancy with a pre-existing medical condition can be a little complicated. Here are conditions that can affect your pregnancy.

Here are some of the conditions that can affect your pregnancy:

1. Underactive thyroid – Your doctor will probably suggest that you establish a right level of thyroxine treatment before you start trying for a baby. You will also probably have to undergo tests every month to ensure your levels are okay.

2. Asthma – Most drugs used to treat asthma are safe during pregnancy. But still consult with your Doctor regarding your condition.

3. Diabetes – If you have diabetes (1 or 2) you are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage or a baby born with a congenital abnormality. You can lower this risk by seeing your doctor or specialist before conceiving.

4. Migraine – Your doctor will probably have to adjust your regime before you get pregnant. The preferred choice of drugs is paracetamol. Injections are a no-no.

5. Epilepsy – The aim here is to reduce your medication to as few anti-epileptic drugs as possible. Your doctor will also advice you to increase your intake of folic acid as AEP drugs affect your body’s ability to absorb folic acid.

6. Irritable bowel syndrome – Some IBS drugs such as alverine, mebeverine and loperamide are not recommended in pregnancy. You might want to switch to natural remedies such as peppermint or fennel tea.

7. Lupus – Lupus and some of it’s treatment can severely affect pregnancy. Please consult your doctor for next steps.

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These are just several pre-existing medical conditions that can affect your pregnancy. The best thing to do is to visit your gynae and opt for a health screening before trying to conceive to see if you may have any other potential conditions that can affect your pregnancy.

All the best on your pregnancy journey.

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