High Risk Pregnancy

chandrama Hospital high-riskA medical condition that develops during pregnancy for either mom or baby causes a pregnancy to become high risk.Sometimes a high-risk pregnancy is the result of a medical condition present before pregnancy.

Contributing factor to a high risk pregnancy include

Advanced maternal age. Pregnancy risks are higher for mothers age 35 and older.

Lifestyle choices. Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs can put a pregnancy at risk.

Medical history. A prior C-section, low birth weight baby or preterm birth — birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy — might increase the risk in subsequent pregnancies. Other risk factors include a family history of genetic conditions, a history of pregnancy loss or the death of a baby shortly after birth.

Underlying conditions. Chronic conditions — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy — increase pregnancy risks. A blood condition, such as anemia, an infection or an underlying mental health condition also can increase pregnancy risks.

Pregnancy complications. Various complications that develop during pregnancy pose risks, such as problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta. Other concerns might include too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) or low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios), restricted fetal growth, or Rh (rhesus) sensitization — a potentially serious condition that can occur when your blood group is Rh negative and your baby’s blood group is Rh positive.

Multiple pregnancy. Pregnancy risks are higher for women carrying twins or higher order multiples.