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Pregnancy complications can be either minor complications, such as nausea and vomiting, or more serious, such as problems with the umbilical cord. The most common complications of pregnancy are minor ones, which are easily treatable. While the common complications of pregnancy may be unpleasant, they pose little risk to the safety of the mother or baby.

Common Complications of Pregnancy

Most vaginal deliveries have few or no complications. When pregnancy complications do occur, the most common complications are minor -- meaning that your healthcare provider can easily treat them. Some of the more common complications of pregnancy include, but are not limited to:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Minor infections in the mother or baby
  • Minor tears in the cervix or vagina
  • Hemorrhoids (see Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy)
  • Constipation
  • Temporary hair loss
  • Uncontrollable or accidental urination (also called temporary stress incontinence).
While these are all common complications of pregnancy, they are considered minor complications.
(Click Pregnancy Complications for detailed information on some of the more serious -- but less common -- complications of pregnancy.)
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