Pregnancy And Jaundice Complications And Breastfeeding With Jaundice

By | December 10, 2008

Jaundice Complications And Pregnancy

My sister is 26 years old. She is 4 months pregnant and suffering with jaundice and she is having pain in lever. Please tell me should I admit her in hospital or what care should I provide to her.

Almost four to six percent of pregnant women suffer from jaundice or abnormal liver function. Although this condition is relatively rare in pregnancy, jaundice has potentially dangerous consequences for the mother’s and fetal health. You are strongly advised, to consult a gynecologist and admit the pregnant mother in the hospital in order to prevent further complications for the child and the mother. Home treatment is not a method to resort to under these circumstances as these are grave danger to the pregnancy. Jaundice among pregnant women can be due to acute fatty liver, viral hepatitis, chronic liver disease etc. Viral hepatitis is thought to be one of the most common causes of jaundice in pregnancy; the hepatitis virus A, B, C, D, and E are responsible for infections to the liver.

Jaundice Complications And Breastfeeding

Since viral hepatitis is transmitted via contaminated food or water, keep away from all foods that are uncovered and drink only safe filtered water. Doctors usually provide pregnant women exposed to widen hepatitis with immunoglobulin within two weeks of the exposure. It is important and pregnant mother screens for the cause of jaundice and seeks appropriate treatment to deal with the disease. Especially during the third trimester, pregnant women are usually affected by Cholestasis of pregnancy. This condition is accompanied by itching, and is also a known factor for causing jaundice. There are a number of reasons as causes of the condition. One important association between Cholestasis of pregnancy and Cholestasis is due to increased estrogens during pregnancy. This condition can also lead to gall stones and the fetus stands at a greater risk of developing developmental abnormalities.

Liver disease during pregnancy is closely linked with an increased risk of fetal loss and hence medical care must be administered to the pregnant mother in order to prevent further complications. There is a high possibility of the fetus developing jaundice upon birth due to the mother’s condition and hence to prevent that the fetal development must be closely monitored under the supervision of the gynecologist and medical experts. In order to treat jaundice the cause of the condition must be determined before therapy can be given. The treatment for jaundice must treat the underlying cause and treatment depends upon the individual.

The jaundice causes a lot of weakness in its wake and post-treatment or recuperation usually takes a long time. In addition to medication, it is important to drink six to eight glasses of water every day and consume plenty of raw fruits and vegetables while avoiding caffeinated beverages, processed foods, red needs and animal fats etc. Simple stretching exercises or yoga can also have to bring about benefits to the mind and body. It is important not to smoke during pregnancy and at the same time also avoid second-hand smoke.