What puts you on the high risk pregnancy list?

Pregnancy is a time of roller coaster emotions. While you are ecstatic over the life growing inside you, you might also be riddled with stress and uncertainty. To find out that you are labeled as a high risk pregnancy case can be downright terrifying.

As daunting as it might sound, being classified as having a high risk pregnancy is a very broad term given to a woman who is at a higher-than-the-average risk of running into complications. It will mean different things for you in the upcoming months than it did for someone who had the same risk before. The good news is, with a little extra care and effort on your side, and monitoring by your doctor, your chances of delivering a healthy bouncing baby are excellent.

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Contributing factors of a high risk pregnancy

There are several factors that can lead to your pregnancy being defined as high risk. Sometimes it is a result of your existing maternal medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and asthma. Smoking, drinking and an overall unhealthy lifestyle will ensure that you land in the high risk camp.

Factors that will put you on the “risk list” include:

  • Age – The average global age at which women have children is between 19 and 34, so anyone else outside this age group are considered to be high risk, even if it is very likely that the pregnancy will go smoothly.
  • A history of complications in a previous pregnancy – If your previous pregnancy was high risk, or ended preterm, you will be closely monitored by default in subsequent pregnancies.
  • Underlying chronic conditions – As mentioned, maternal illnesses or conditions can affect the health of the baby.
  • Pregnancy complications – Any slight problem with the cervix, placenta or levels of amniotic fluid will land you a spot on the high risk list.
  • Multiple pregnancies – Your doctor will monitor you carefully if you are carrying twins or any other multiple babies.

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