High-Risk Pregnancy

Various factors can contribute to a pregnancy being classified as high-risk.

These may include:

Maternal Age: Both very young (under 17) and older (over 35) mothers are at higher risk for certain complications.

Multiple Gestation: Carrying twins, triplets, or more increases the risk of complications.

Medical Conditions: Pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or autoimmune disorders can increase the risk.

Previous Pregnancy Complications: Women who have experienced complications in previous pregnancies, such as preterm birth or preeclampsia, are at higher risk in subsequent pregnancies.

Gestational Diabetes: High blood sugar levels that develop during pregnancy can lead to complications.

Preeclampsia: This is a condition characterized by high blood pressure and damage to other organs, typically occurring after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Placental Problems: Issues with the placenta, such as placenta previa or placental abruption, can lead to complications.

Infections: Certain infections, such as HIV or herpes, can pose risks during pregnancy.

Poor Fetal Growth: When a fetus is not growing properly in the womb, it can lead to complications.

Preterm Labor: Having a history of preterm labor or experiencing it in the current pregnancy is a high-risk factor.

Smoking, Drug Use, or Alcohol Consumption: Substance use during pregnancy can lead to various complications.

Environmental Factors: Exposure to certain toxins or environmental hazards can pose risks.

Advanced Maternal Age: Pregnancy in women over the age of 35 is considered higher risk due to increased chances of certain complications.

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