Have you recently found out or been told by your doctor that your pregnancy is high-risk? It’s okay, there’s no need to panic! The words “high-risk” can definitely make some feel worried and stressed, but it does not necessarily mean that you will have problems with your pregnancy. In fact, the majority of women who have high-risk pregnancies actually give birth to healthy babies with no problems at all. The term “high-risk pregnancy” only means that due to preexisting health problems or due to a health problem that you develop during pregnancy, you may have a greater chance than others of pregnancy complications. Therefore, your doctors will be taking extra precautions and you will need extra monitoring as well.
Below is a list of the most common preexisting health problems and problems that you could develop during your pregnancy that could classify you as high risk.
Preexisting Health Problems For A High-Risk Pregnancy:
– Blood Disorders
– Kidney Problems
– Heart Disease
– STDs including HIV
– High Blood Pressure
– Autoimmune Diseases (such as lupus)
– Obesity or Being Too Underweight
– Fertility Issues
– Problems With Past Pregnancies
– Being Under The Age Of 18 or Over 35
– And Others
Problems That Can Develop During Pregnancy:
Preeclampsia: High blood pressure during pregnancy which can then affect the liver, kidneys, and brain.
Placenta Previa: The placenta is unusually low in the uterus to where it may be covering the cervix. This can cause bleeding and early delivery.
Preterm Labor: Labor starting before 37 weeks.
Gestational Diabetes: A type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy.
Still not sure why you are being classified as high-risk? Be sure to ask your doctor at your next appointment or contact the office and they can explain this for you. You may need to start seeing a specialist so knowing this information could be important. Do not be scared to bring up any concerns or questions that you may have; they are there to help you and to ensure that you and your baby are healthy and safe for these nine months. So try to relax, stay on top of your health, and speak to your doctor(s). With so many advances in medical technology and care, it raises the chances for you to have a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby.
Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and therefore should not take the place of medical care or your physician’s advice.