Maternal Health Complications
Some women have abortions due to Maternal Health Complications. This can be a very distressing and upsetting experience for women and their partners. In some cases, maternal illness was part of the reason for the abortion, in other cases, the maternal illness was so severe, that the pregnancy was interrupted solely because of the illness. Either way, women and their partners need support and comfort afterwards.
There are different websites out there with information about maternal health complications during pregnancy. Links to them are listed below. Reading these sites may help mothers in their recovery process, both in realizing they are not alone in the choices they had to make, and that others have had the same health issues to deal with. They can also contain helpful information for the mothers who are planning another pregnancy, or accidentally become pregnant again, and want information about the maternal health complications they face.If you know of a site that would be helpful for this section, please send me the url at Site Info.
- Visit the Abortion after Health Problems Support Board to discuss your feelings and get support. Message Board Index
- If you've had HG, or currently are struggling with HG, and want support, or want to support other women going through an HG pregnancy, join this special HG support group (Not part of the PASS Site - privately run)
HG Information Sites
- From ashli's site on Hyperemesis Gravidarum:
"Hyperemesis Gravidarum is an high risk disorder resulting in extreme nausea and vomiting in pregnancy which occurs in approximately 3-10 pregnancies out of a thousand and causes the mother and child to become severely dehydrated. A more severe form of h.g., resulting in a greater than 5% total body weight loss and requiring hospitalization for metabolic disturbances occurs in approximately 1 out of a thousand, and can, in rare cases, cause death in the mother and child. It is interesting to note that the overall rate of h.g. has decreased over the last 15 years, but the severity seems to have increased. Although there are twice as many cases of mild h.g. compared to the more severe, both are absolutely horrifying to have."
"An hyperemetic woman can vomit 4-20 or more times a day. It's a relentless disorder which is characterized by excessive vomiting, weight loss, ketonuria (urine flooded with ketones indicates muscle wasting and, therefore, excessive vomiting and/or starvation), and metabolic disturbances such as dehydration, carbohydrate depletion and electrolyte imbalance. It can lead to acidosis and other, less common, complications such as: Mallory-Weiss tears in the stomach and/or esophagus, spontaneous rupture of the esophagus, central pontine myelinosis, aspiration pneumonia, liver disease, hemorrhagic retinitis (hemorrhage into the retina of the eye), Wernicke's encephalopathy (due to thiamine deficiency), coma, and miscarriage or damage to the fetus or death to the mother and child."