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High Risk Pregnancy

What is a High Risk Pregnancy?

Most pregnant women have heard of a high risk pregnancy, although very few women know exactly what makes a high risk pregnancy so. Generally, pregnancies are not high risk as they are a normal part of the female reproductive system. However, sometimes the mother’s health, the health of the baby, or health problems that arise due to pregnancy make a normal pregnancy “high risk.” This means that the pregnancy has a higher risk of developing severe problems that could affect the pregnancy or the baby.

What Problems Constitute High Risk?

Of course, if you are pregnant you want to know what might cause you to have a high risk pregnancy. Basically, if a woman has health conditions before pregnancy or develops them during pregnancy this might affect the baby. Also, if the mother passes on a disease to the child this could also make the pregnancy high risk.

Things like diabetes, genetic disorders, high blood pressure, infections, thyroid disease, neurological disease, heart disease, and liver disease, that the mother has before pregnancy can put her at risk for a high risk pregnancy. Other problems that might occur during pregnancy include preeclampsia, blood clotting disorders, infections, and gestational diabetes. Disorders that might occur during pregnancy include pre-term labor, placenta problems, rupturing of membranes prematurely, and postdates pregnancy. Fetal complications resulting in a high risk pregnancy include multiple gestation, growth abnormalities, or congenital abnormalities.

The presence of any one of these is cause for a high risk pregnancy. When a high risk pregnancy is diagnosed the doctor will be sure to offer extra special care to the mother-to-be to ensure all goes as smoothly as possible and the mother and baby do not experience adverse health problems. However, sometimes despite a doctor’s best care things just do not work out well and the mother might miscarry, the baby might have long-term health problems, and in the very worst case scenario mother and baby might die. However, with today’s healthcare system women with high risk pregnancies generally have a “normal” pregnancy except they visit the doctor more often for check ups. As long as the mother and doctor are both diligent during the pregnancy after 9 moths a healthy and happy baby should arrive.

Women that have any of the above health issues should make sure they discuss with their doctors any potential problems they might experience before they become pregnant. Also, there are some things women may be able to do in order to lessen their risk like losing weight, treating infections, and the like. Finally, any woman who becomes pregnant that has any illness that might make the pregnancy high risk should visit her doctor frequently and immediately if there is any sign of problems.

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