High Risk Pregnancy


A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby, or both. High-risk pregnancies require management by a specialist to help ensure the best outcome for the mother and baby.

Risk Factors for High-Risk Pregnancy

Reasons that a pregnancy may be considered high risk include:

Maternal age. One of the most common risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy is the age of the mother-to-be. Women who will be under age 17 or over age 35 when their baby is due are at greater risk of complications than those between their late teens and early 30s. The risk of miscarriage and genetic defects further increases after age 40.


Medical conditions that exist before pregnancy. Conditions that can pose risks to the mother or baby include:

  •  High blood pressure
  • Lung, kidney, or heart problems
  •  Diabetes
  •  Depression
  •  Obesity
  •  Autoimmune disease
  •  Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Long-term (chronic) infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

A history of miscarriage, problems with a previous pregnancy, and a family history of genetic disorders are also risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy.

If you have a medical condition, it’s important to consult your doctor before you decide to become pregnant.

Medical conditions that occur during pregnancy. Even if you are healthy when you become pregnant, it is possible to develop or be diagnosed with problems during pregnancy that can affect you and your baby. common problems are

High blood pressure
Gestational diabetes
Premature labor
Placenta previa
Placenta previa
Fetal Problems (
Small Baby and Large Baby, congenital malformations )

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