How Do I Know if I'm High Risk?
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.