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.
Medical conditions that exist before pregnancy. Conditions such as high blood pressure; lung, kidney, or heart problems, diabetes; autoimmune
disease; sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); or chronic infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can present risks for the mother
and/or her unborn baby A history of miscarriage, problems with a previous pregnancy or pregnancies, or a family history of genetic disorders are
also risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy.
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. Two of the more common pregnancy-related problems ar:
Pregnancy-related issues. Often a pregnancy is classified as high risk because of issues that arise from the pregnancy itself and that have little to
do with the mother’s health. These include: