Glossary of OB Antepartum Complications for nursing

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What does antepartum mean?
The period between conception and labor.
What are the major issues or complications to worry about during the antepartum period?
Hemorrhage and infection
How does age affect complications in the antepartum period?
21-35 yrs = optimal time for pregnancies
under 21 yrs = HTN and nutritional problems
over 35 years = Downs syndrome and HTN
What type of infections are there to worry about during pregnancy?
STD, TORCH, Beta Strep
What is TORCH?
Group of infections that can cause birth defects.
T = Toxoplasmmosis
O = Other infections (Hep B, Syphillis, Herpes Zoster)
R = Rubella
C = Cytomegalovirus
H = Herpes Simplex Virus
What effects can infections have on a pregnant woman?
Sepsis to mother, PROM, Sepsis to neonate (high mortality rate)
What is hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Excessive vomiting in the first trimester (but mostly seen after the 1st trimester) that leads to dehydration, alkalosis, starvation and ultimately death of the mother and fetus.
What is the treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum?
Hospitalize, NPO, V Hydration, Gradual diet – Clear, full, soft, regular, TPN if necessary (central line)
What are the nursing responsibilities for a patient with hyperemesis gravidarum?
Strict I/O, emotional support.
What is a hydatidiform mole?
An abnormal formation of the placenta into fluid filled, grape-like clusters. Gestational trophoblastic disease (a molar disease – fetus does not develop but the placenta continues to grow, sometimes as a mass of abnormal cells). This does not mean that the pt has cancer and the pt may be able to have a normal baby in the future.
What are the signs and symptoms of hydatidiform mole?
Passage of hydropic vesicles – grapelike looking structure.

Uterine enlargement greater than expected gestational age.

Absence of fetal heart tones –because there is no fetus.

Hyperemesis gravidarum

PIH in the 2nd trimester – where BP is usually at its lowest.
What is the management given for a patient with hydatidiform mole?
1. Evacuation of the mole – D&C – It has to be evacuated. Once the uterus is evacuated, the HCG levels should lower. 2. Track HCG level. 3. Type & cross for possible transfusion – At least 2 units. 4. Emotional support and bereavement care – because the pt believes she is pregnant. 5. Follow up for at least one year following – Pt should not attempt to get pregnant for 1 year and should go to the MD to track HCG levels. If in a year the HCG levels start to rise, it is indicative of choriocarcinoma (A highly malignant tumor that arises from trophoblastic cells within the uterus.)
What is the definition of abortion?
Expulsion of the fetus prior to viability (age of viability is 24 weeks), 20 weeks gestation. Two types: Spontaneous and Induced.
What are the types and differences of spontaneous abortions?
Spontaenous abortion – occuring naturally

Types of Spontaneous abortion:
Threatened – Pt has been bleeding
Imminent – Pt is bleeding, cervical os is open, cramping.
Complete – Fetus and placenta are expelled
Incomplete – Fetus is expelled and placenta is left inside.
Missed – Fetus dies before the 20th week of gestation
Habitual – Pt has 3 abortions between 14-16 weeks (usually due to incompetent cervix – cerclage performed)
What is an induced abortion?
An abortion as a result of artificial or mechanical intervention.
What are the signs and symptoms of an abortion?
Unexplained bleeding, cramping, backache
What is the management of a patient that is going through an abortion?
Ultrasound, Labs – H&H, CBC, T/X (type and cross), Bed rest (at home), Abstinence from sex, IV / Transfusion – May be hospitalized if it is closer to 20 weeks – may be put in Trendelenberg position., D&C – Dilation and Curettage, If beyond 12 weeks, induction of labor by oxytocin and prostaglandins may be used., Emotional support and bereavement care
What are the types of bleeding disorders that can occur in pregnancy?
Before 12 weeks: Abortion, ectopic pregnancy

After 12 weeks: Placenta previa, placenta abruptio,
What are the things to remember with vaginal bleeding durng pregnancy?
If it occurs < 12 weeks: It may be a spontaneous abortion which ma herold the need for a D&C

If it occurs > 12 weeks: It is more than likely a placental problem.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?
Implantation of the blastocyst in a site other than the endometrial lining of the uterus. Most common site is in the fallopian tube (tubal pregnancy). Sometimes the blastocyst can even implant itself in the abdomen. It can happen anywhere, just not in the tubes. If this occurs in the tubes, you must try to save the tube. Use methotextrate injected into the tube and then remove the mass.
What are the signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?
Vaginal bleeding – if the tube ruptures, Lower abdominal pain – Usually severe, Fainting or dizziness, Hypovolemia – because she is bleeding out., Rigid, tender abdomen – because she is filling up with blood., Palpable mass on vaginal exam – extreme pain
What is the management for a patient diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy?
Pelvic exam - bimanual, Culdocentesis (procedure for obtaining specimens from the posterior vaginal cul-de sac by aspiration or surgical incision through the vaginal wall, performed for therapeutic or diagnostic reasons.) – Culdocsac: opening between rectum and vaginal opening. They try to extract blood from there. If they do, then the tube is ruptured., Laparoscopy / Laparotomy – in attempt to repair it if it has ruptured.
What is a placenta previa?
Placenta implantation in the lower uterine segment. The placenta is coming before the baby because it is implanted too low. If becomes completely unconnected then it becomes placenta abruptio. Can cause a decrease in O2 for the baby. Painless bleeding. If the placenta is blocking the vagina (complete), pt must be c-sectioned.
What are the predisposing factors for placenta previa?
Prior hx of plaenta previa, Multiple pregnancies, History of multiple births – because of multiple implantation., Prior uterine scars – because placenta will not implant on scar tissue.
What are the symptoms of placenta previa?
 Quite onset bright red bleeding - # 1 symptom: painless vag bleeding., Abdomen soft, palpable, Labor pains – pt will go into labor after bleeding episode.
What are the nursing responsibilities for a patient with placenta previa?
Bed rest – complete bed rest as long as she is bleeding., Monitor blood loss (pad count), Daily Non-stress tests., Perineal care, Education regarding signs and symptoms of labor, condition, Have current lab data (Ex: Type and screen), Emotional support
What is placenta abruptio?
Premature separation of the placenta (it should only separate after baby is delivered). Emergency because it cuts the baby’s O2 and nutrients. It can happen because of trauma to the abdomen.
What are the symptoms of placenta abruptio?
Dark venous blood – if the blood sits. **Pain with bleeding, Abdomen rigid, hard, Severe pain, Sudden onset
What are the nursing responsibilities for a patient with placenta abruptio?
Prepare for an emergency C-Section, Check for Fetal heart sounds, No vaginal exam !!
What does PROM mean?
Pre-mature Rupture of Membranes. Spontaneous rupture of membranes prior to onset of labor at the end of 37 weeks. Usually labor will start within 24 hours of rupture of membranes.
What are the fetal risks when PROM occurs?
Prematurity, Infection.
What is a Non-Stress test (NST)?
A test to record changes in fetal heart rate in response to fetal movement. FHR recorded over 20 minutes.
What is a Biophysical Profile (BPP)?
Ultrasound with Non Stress Test. Check for body movement, muscle tone, breathing movement, amniotic fluid and fetal heart beat. Checking that fetus has enough O2 in the womb.
What is the management taken for a patient with PROM?
Remember: Amniotic fluids is continually produced, Hospitalized, Bed Rest, Trendelenberg position – If bag of water is bulging., Daily CBC (look at WBC for infection), CRP (C-reactive protein – checks for inflammation – if elevated = infection), Fetal well-being tests: Non-stress test, Biophysical Profile, Medication: Celestone or Beta methezone (Steroid) – IM injection to help mature baby’s lungs – given 1 – 2 times Q 24 hours. Lung surfactant ratio 2:1 (mature lungs).
What is an incompetent cervix?
Premature dilatation of the cervix associated with repeated second trimester spontaneous abortion.
What are the signs and symptoms of an incompetent cervix?
Painless, bloodless second trimester abortion, Minimal uterine contractions until late, Pelvic exam shows dilatation and effacement
What is the management for a patient with an incompetent cervix?
Cervical cultures for GC, GBS (Group B Strep) in first trimester – May cause spontaneous abortion., Bed rest, Trendelenberg position, Shirodkar suture / cerclage - **Cerclage = stitch the cervix but the pt cannot be bleeding or more than 4 cm dilated. Performed at 14 weeks under epidural with no harm to the baby. Before mom gives birth, the stitch can be snipped (around 37 weeks) or it may simply pop so she can go into natural labor.
What is pre-term labor?
Onset of labor between 20 and 37 completed weeks of pregnancy
What are the signs and symptoms of pre-term labor?
Cramping, backache, Spontaneous contractions
What is the management taken for a patient in pre-term labor?
Bed rest, Hydration – place IV or drink a pitcher of water. Contraction can be caused by dehydration., Empty bladder – Check for bacteria for UTI – it can cause pre-term labor. If UTI, give antibiotics., Tocolytics – Toco = contractions, Lysis = to kill.: Terbutaline (Brethene) – bronchodilator, stops contractions (give sub-Q Q15 –20 min x 4) Side effects: Tachycardia. Perfect drug choice if the pt is having difficulty breathing and contractions., Mg SO4 – Relaxes the uterus. MgSO4 is not used to decrease BP in this case., Administer Abx – Infection (if PROM), If pt. bleeding – DO NOT PERFORM PHYSICAL VAGINAL CHECK, Perform and reinforce perineal care – for infection, Teach mother signs of labor: It may be pressure, cramping, it is rhythmic., Nitrazine test for amniotic fluid – urine is acid, amniotic fluid is base, Ferning test – performed by MD – fluid placed under microscope to check (+) for amniotic fluid, Possible grief counseling, Place pt. left side lying., If PROM occurs and mother is Rh Neg, Rhogam will be given if it has not been already given during the pregnancy.
What are the things to remember about Magnesium Sulfate (Mg SO4)?
Look out for: Decrease in Respirations, Check Reflexes – should not be slow (Normal reflexes is +2) Mg SO4 relaxes reflexes. **When a person comes close to seizing, they become hyperexcitable / hyperflexive., Check labs, Decrease stimulation for this patient – dim lights, place pt away from the nursing station., Check LOC, Antedote: Calcium Gluconite, You can give Solestom (Steroid) Beta Methadone with Mg SO4 to mature the baby if pre-term.
What are the things to remember about Brethine / Terbutaline?
Look out for: Tachycardia, if HR > 120, hold drug., Antedote: Propranolol (Inderol) – Beta Blocker.
What is PIH?
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension - An increase in systolic blood pressure > 30 mm/hg from baseline or an increase in diastolic blood pressure > 15 mm/hg from baseline on at least two ocassions > six hours apart. If no baseline data is available then 140/90. There are two categories: Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
What are the characteristics of Mild Pre-Eclampsia?
 Increased BP, Mild Diastolic: over 90, less than 100, Moderate Diastolic: Over 100, less than 110, Proteinuria, Edema (especially facial)
What are the characteristics of Severe Pre-Eclampsia?
BP 160 / 110 or > on two occasions, Proteinuria which is > 5g / L in 24 hours, Oliguria which is < 400 mL / 24 hrs, Other symptoms like: Headache, blurred vision, scotomata (an island-like blindspot in the visual field), pitting edema, nausea and vomiting, epigastric pain., The more the disease progresses, the more symptoms the patient has and the more the severity of the complications.
What are the treatments for pre-eclampsia?
Bed Rest / LLR (Left side lying), Check BP, UA daily (for protein), Check for contractions., Bi-weekly NST, 24 Urine collection – Look at creatinine because kidneys are involved., Check fetal movement – Dot hemorrhaging of the placenta can cause a still born., High protein, low Na+ diet, 24 hour urine collection for protein and creatinine, Fetal well-being tests BPP, NST, Anti-convulsant therapy – Mg SO4, Antihypertensives: Aldomet - Methyldopa, Procardia – Calcium channel blocker, Labetolol – Beta blocker, Keep tox cart or box close to door. Contains Calcium gluconate (antedote for Mg SO4), Apresoline (to decrease BP), Dilantin, etc.
What are the characteristics of eclampsia?
Convulsions, Coma, More protein in the urine 1+, Edema – can lead to edema in the brain, s/s – epigastric pain (referred pain from the liver), An increase in reflexes.
What is the treatment for eclampsia?
Seizure Management – Mg SO4, Safety Precautions – Padded tongue blade above bed, padded side rails., Get the baby out, Put pt on Mg SO4 – does on decrease BP, but stops seizure activity., After delivery, the pt can be on Mg SO4 for up to 24-48 hours., NEVER GIVE DIURETICS when pregnant and retaining fluids, Use position changes to increase urination, Give high protein diet (due to protein loss in urine), Reduce stimulation (lights, noise), to decrease seizure possibility, I/O, May give meds to decrease HTN
What is the pathophysiology of PIH?
Normally, once the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus, the body’s natural response is to dilate blood vessels to allow more blood to the fetus. However, in PIH, the opposite occurs. The reason is not really known. What happens?: Vasocontriction, Leads to microbreakdown of the vessels (small tears and cracks, Leads to leaking of fluids into the tissues, Causes edema (this is why weight is checked at prenatal visits), Causes protein to be found in the urine. (this is why urine is checked at prenatal visits)

Pregnant women have dependent edema anyway due to the pressure of the growing uterus on vessels. This is why when laying down, particularly while you sleep, it causes more blood to flow, which causes more urine production. Pt’s with chronic HTN may have poor placental implantation.
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Carbohydrate intolerance with onset first recognized during pregnancy. The hormone HPL is an insulin antagonist.
What are the things to remember with gestational diabetes?
Baby can be macrosomic (unusually large) (which leads to birth injuries), usually no vaginal deliveries, baby may have hypoglycemia upon birth. Check for signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia in the baby post delivery (same as in adults). Treat with mostly diet and exercise for moms., no oral antihypoglycemic agents - insulin only. Antihypoglycemic agents are teratogenic.
What are the maternal risks to having gestational diabetes?
Poyhydraminos (a condition in which the volume of amniotic fluids exceeds 1000 cc during the last half of pregnancy. Uterine overdistention may result in preterm labor)., Hyperglycemia, Dystocia - (difficult labor) due to fetal size., PIH
What are the fetal risks to having gestational diabetes?
Macrosomia – baby over 8 lbs 14 oz., After delivery, baby can suffer from hypoglycemia., IUGR (Intra Uterine Growth Retardation) - Rare
What screening is done to test for gestational diabetes?
One hr Glucose tolerance test - 50 gm random glucosa test at 24 –28 weeks. Results < 140 require further testing. Three hr Glucose tolerance test – (further testing after 1 hr GTT) – Use 100 g glucose solution. Fasting blood sugar - < 105, at 1 hr: <190, at 2 hr: <165
at 3 hr: <145
How is gestational diabetes managed?
Diet, Glucose monitoring – HgA1c (tells you how in control the pt has been handling their sugar – 120 days), Insulin Management – Reg/NPH (Give only regular insulin during labor), Evaluate fetal well-being: NST, Educate regarding: signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia / hyperglycemia, **Remember – No oral hypoglycemic agents.
What are the warning signs to look for during pregnancy?
Could be PIH: Blurred vision, headache, epigastric pain, systemic edema (upper body, face) Excessive nausea and vomiting = dehydration that can cause pre-term labor (contractions), Could be PROM / Placenta previa: Vag bleeding, excessive D/C Could be infection: burning on urination (UTI), fevers, chills - infections can cause PROM / Preterm labor. Could be placenta abruptio: Abdomen pain, rigid abdomen, persistant bleeding.
Why is Rh factor important? What is the Rhogam injection for?
If the mother is RH negative, the mother will receive a Rhogam injection at around 28 weeks and also an injection at 72 hours post delivery. The reason. If the mother is RH
(-) and the father is RH (+), the baby may have a chance of being RH (+). If this occurs, the mother’s body will build antibodies and try to attack the baby as a foreign object. The Rhogam injection signals the mother’s body not to build those antibodies. If the mother is RH (+), then there is no chance of this occuring.
What is an ABO incompatability?
If the mother is blood type O and the baby is blood type AB, it can cause an incompatibility – causing the child to become jaundice. (Abnormal)
What to remember about jaundice and newborns?
A “normal” jaundice can occur with babies. It happens 24 hours after the baby is born. An “Abnormal” jaundice is seen within 24 hours of delivery. S/S: Yellow skin, sclera of the eye, pale stools, dark urine, elevated liver enzymes (ALT and AST). This is due to intestine’s inability to process bilirubin (excreted through feces). So it builds up in the body (under skin and eyes and body tries to eliminate through urine). If there is too much bilirubin, it can cause Kernicterus – brain damage to the baby.
What do you do if there is a decrease in O2 for the baby? (Shown by FHR or high BP in mom)
Turn mother left lateral, Give mother O2, Give IVF to increase blood volume, If giving Pitocin, stop giving it. Contractions can decrease O2 in the baby., May give tocalytics (Brethene) to stop contractions, Prepare for a C-Section
What is the risk and actions to take when membranes rupture?
1st and foremost – Fetal Distress due to cord compression or prolapse. Check fetal heart rate and check for late deceleration. Late decelerations = no perfusion. Write the time of rupture and all details pertaining to the labor on the rating strip.
What is the risk and actions when there is a cord prolapse?
The threat? - Perfusion., # 1 – Do not pack and stuff !, Wrap cord with sterile gauze soaked in sterile saline to keep the cord moist., Position change – knee to chest and butt in the air. Check FHR by feeling the cord for heart beat with a sterile gloved hand.
How do we know that the baby FHR is okay?
Fetal Heart Rate – Doppler, fetoscope, electronic fetal monitoring (internal or external), Monitor contractions – 2-3 apart minutes optimum. Contractions <2 minutes apart = no O2 for the baby. Remember: Contractions decrease the O2 delivered to the baby.

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