Social media isn’t any better, finds Dr. Shannon Clark, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Social media has allowed people to one-up each other on their birth horror stories,” she says. “You hardly ever hear, ‘I went in and I had a good labor and I delivered my baby,’ because that’s not catchy.”
Feeling stressed during a high-risk pregnancy is completely understandable. You’re worried for your baby, yourself and your family. Additionally, loss of income due to bed rest (if required), limited physical activity and limited social support, especially of you are confined to a hospital bed, all contribute to increased stress levels.
Urinary incontinence in women during and after pregnancy is very common. Pregnancy and the postpartum period are well-established risk factors for urinary leakage.
There are two main types of urinary incontinence that women typically experience: urge incontinence and stress incontinence.
“Elderly,” in the language of obstetrics, refers to expectant mothers who are 35 or over. (Multigravida means I had been pregnant more than once. If it were my first pregnancy, my code would have read “Elderly Primagravida.” Just as bad!) But this is just one in a litany of quasi-ageist terms knocked-up over-35’s are blasted with: There was “advanced maternal age,” “geriatric pregnancy,” and the fact that I was considered “high-risk.”
A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy with maternal and/or fetal complications that requires additional testing, surveillance, or medical or surgical interventions to either treat or assess the progressing pregnancy. A woman may enter a pregnancy already high risk or the pregnancy may start off as normal and become high risk as the pregnancy progresses.