High-Risk Pregnancy

What does having a “high risk” pregnancy mean for you and your baby? For most women, it means having a chronic condition that puts the pregnancy at risk. There are several conditions that could pose risk to your pregnancy. No of these conditions leave you feeling happy, but they do not all lead to miscarriages and terminations of pregnancy either. When coping with a high risk condition, it is best to follow the orders of you doctor, rest as much as possible, and stay positive. Let’s review some reasons your pregnancy may be considered high risk:

  • you are over 35 years of age
  • you are under 17 years of age
  • you are carrying multiple babies
  • you have a history of polycistic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or large fibroids
  • you have an STD or HIV
  • you have a history of pregnancy loss or tubal pregnancy (ectopic pregnancy)
  • you have a child with a genetic disorder or have a history of genetic disorders
  • health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, or adrenal disorders

You may also develop conditions during your pregnancy that will put you in the category of high risk pregnancies. Some of these condition may include placenta previa, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or preterm labor. Rare conditions, such as genetic disorders, may occur but are for most healthy pregnancies.