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Understanding a High Risk Pregnancy

Understanding a High Risk Pregnancy

A high risk pregnancy can be problematic for both the mother and the baby. It is essential that you are monitored during and after your pregnancy in this case and go to any ultrasound appointment requested by your doctor. It is important foremost to determine the cause of the risky pregnancy and knowing how to take care of yourself and your baby.

It is possible that your high-risk pregnancy is caused due to a pre-existing medical condition. Alternatively, a medical condition may have developed during your pregnancy and this could be due to the mother or the baby. Here are some factors which contribute to a high-risk pregnancy:

  • Advanced age of maternity – if you are over 35 years old, the risk for the mother increases with a pregnancy.

  • Lifestyle – consumption of too much alcohol, cigarette smoking and use of illegal drugs puts you at a higher risk.

  • A medical history including preterm birth, C-section and low birth weight could put future pregnancies at risk. Other contributing factors are a history of pregnancy loss, death of a baby after birth and genetic conditions.

  • Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy lead to pregnancy risks. Anemia, blood infections and mental health may also contribute to risks during one’s pregnancy.

  • Complications during pregnancy could also be contributors like complication of the uterus, cervix and placenta. Too little or too much amniotic fluid, restricted growth of the fetus and rhesus sensitization also lead to complications during pregnancy.

  • If you have multiple pregnancies like twins or more fetuses

If you are aware of a high-risk pregnancy ahead of time, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risks. You must schedule an appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider when you decide to become pregnant. You will be counseled to take prenatal vitamins and to maintain a healthy weight before you become pregnant. If you are suffering from a medical condition, your treatment can be adjusted so that you can be prepared for a pregnancy. Your doctor will also discuss the risks of having a baby with genetic conditions with you so that you are well prepared.

You must be cautious if you are getting pregnant through an assisted technology for reproduction. It is also important that you attend your prenatal care classes regularly and avoid anything which might put your pregnancy at risk. Ensure you eat healthy and keep a check on your weight.

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