How Do I Know if I'm High Risk?

BIDMC Contributor

SEPTEMBER 01, 2012


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.


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