Pregnancy complications

Pregnancy complications are complaints or disorders that can occur during pregnancy.


Pregnancy complications are complaints or disorders that can occur during pregnancy. Pre-existing illnesses can also lead to complications during pregnancy. One example is gestosis/pre-eclampsia (toxaemia of pregnancy). Complications that occur during birth are called birth complications.


First symptoms to cause alarm:

Causes and treatment


Possible consequences

Miscarriage, gestosis

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Urine analysis
  • Blood test (liver and kidney function, blood count)
  • Ultrasound (sonography)
  • CTG (cardiotocography) to assess the foetal heartbeat and contractions
Possible therapies
  • Admission to hospital/bed rest
  • Medication
  • Curettage (scraping of the lining of the womb)
  • Premature delivery
    • In part, the only way to treat the causes
    • Depending on condition of mother and child
    • From induction of labour to emergency Caesarian section

What can I do myself?

  • Go for scheduled check-ups with gynaecologist
  • Inform gynaecologist
    • Pre-existing diseases and operations
    • Use of medication and drugs
  • Inform family doctor or specialist of pregnancy during consultations
  • Stop smoking
  • Don't drink alcohol during pregnancy
  • Normal weight before the pregnancy
  • Reduce stress (autogenic training, yoga)

When to see a doctor?

  • Labour-like and cramping pains (stomach, back)
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Discharge containing pieces of tissue
  • Circulatory problems (severe dizziness, loss of consciousness)
  • Severe headache
  • Visual impairment
  • Fever, chills
  • Unusual urinary output (bloody, purulent, cloudy, too little or a lot)
  • General feeling of being unwell (physically, mentally)

Further information

Selbsthilfe Schweiz (Self-Help Support Switzerland)

“Wir eltern” (Parents) magazine


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