A pregnant woman
A pregnant woman
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The recent happenings where Gospel artiste Size 8 and female comedian Aunty Jemimah lost their baby is heartbreaking.

The news came as a shock to many given they were at developed stages in their pregnancies.

The news also showed how ignorant Kenyans are on complications that affect women after a section of Kenyans blamed hospitals negligence for the death.

The most common complications are

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.

Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal.

Stillbirth

A stillbirth is when a fetus dies after the mother's 20th week of pregnancy. The baby may have died in the uterus weeks or hours before labour. Rarely, the baby may die during labor.

Miscarriage

A miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is an event that results in the loss of a fetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs when your body cannot process sugars effectively. This leads to higher-than-normal levels of sugar in the bloodstream.

Some women will need to modify their meal plans to help control blood sugar levels. Others may need to take insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in control.

Gestational diabetes usually resolves after pregnancy.

Placenta previa

Placenta previa means that the placenta is covering the cervix. Doctors will usually perform a cesarean delivery if this is the case.

Most women also suffer from infections such as UTI's during pregnancy.

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