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Am I At High Risk?

According to the National Institutes of Health, factors for a high risk pregnancy can include:

  • Young or old maternal age

  • Being overweight or underweight

  • Having had problems in previous pregnancies

  • Pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or HIV

Health problems can also develop during a pregnancy that can make it high risk. Such problems may occur even in a woman who was previously healthy. They may include preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, and preterm labor.

Other medical conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes, along with heart, breathing or kidney problems, can become more serious during a woman's pregnancy. Regular prenatal care can help ensure a healthier pregnancy for a woman and her baby.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted September 2012

Contact Information

Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Gryzmish 7
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-2636
Fax: 617-667-2231

Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine - One Brookline Place
Suite 123
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: 617-667-2636
Fax: 617-754-5321