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Friday, 15 April 2016

Renal Failure signs in Pregnancy

 Recognizing signs of renal failure can be a bit difficult. Unless she undergoes routine medical and laboratory tests, there's no definitive way of concluding the diagnosis.

Here are signs to look out for -

1. Changes in urinary pattern - When you're pregnant, it's common to feel the need to use the bathroom more. The hormonal fluctuations cause your body to produce more urine than the usual. The pressure of the uterus to your urinary bladder also adds up to the urge to urinate. Because changes in your urinary pattern are expected, it can easily mask the symptoms of renal failure.
  • Amber colored or blood tinged urine
  • Flank pain
  • Fever
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Swelling of the face
2. High blood pressure - During pregnancy, your blood volume increases to accommodate you and your baby. Because there's an increase in blood volume, an increase in blood pressure is also expected. Unfortunately, this change also means more work for your kidneys.
Too much pressure and blood volume, in the long run, can damage the blood vessels in your renal tract. Once they are damaged, they become ineffective in filtering out waste products. As a result, there's water retention and toxins remain inside your system as well. If these waste materials aren't removed from your body, there's a good chance that they won't only pose harm to you but to your baby as well.

3. Weight gain and swelling - Because of the pressure of the growing uterus on your lower extremities, swelling or mild edema is also possible. However, not all cases of edema can be attributed to your pregnancy. Once your renal system becomes less efficient in doing its job, fluid retention happens. It can start manifesting from your feet and legs and can affect your hands and arms as well. On extreme cases, it can also be noticeable on your face. You may even notice your belly growing larger than usual.

The normal weight gain for pregnant women is around 1 pound per week. That translates to 2.2 kilograms per week. If there's an unexplained weight gain of more than 1 pound and you see your extremities and face swelling up, it's best if you can consult your doctor right away. Prompt treatment is necessary for cases of renal failure, whether you are pregnant or not, to avoid irreversible and debilitating complications from happening.