Conditions that Can Complicate a Pregnancy
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a consultative practice for high-risk conditions of the mother and fetus. That means we work together as a team, with your primary obstetrician and with any specialists you may need, to provide high quality, safe and compassionate care for you and your baby.
Pre-existing (Chronic) Conditions that May Complicate a Pregnancy
Other Factors that can Lead to Pregnancy Complications
- Conception achieved through reproductive technologies
- DES (diethylstilbestrol) exposure
- Fetal anomalies (babies in utero with abnormalities, such as fetal cardiac dysfunction)
- Fetal surgery
- History of pregnancy loss (miscarriage), stillbirth and preterm labor
- HIV and AIDS
- Incompetent (or weakened) cervix
- Intrauterine growth restriction (poor growth of the developing fetus)
- Maternal age of 35 and beyond
- Multiple gestation/triplets or more
- Placenta accreta
- Placenta previa
- STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)
- Vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC)
Talk with your primary obstetrician if you have a history of chronic illness, a sudden complication, or if you are anxious about your pregnancy.
Your obstetrician can refer you to one of our maternal-fetal medicine specialists at BIDMC for further evaluation or a second opinion. You can also call us directly to schedule an appointment at 617-667-2636 (CMFM).
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