A pregnancy is considered high risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby or both.
One of the most common risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy is the age of the mother. Women who will be under age 17 or over age 35, there is a greater risk of complication on their baby. Risk of miscarriage and genetic defects further increases after the age of 40.
Conditions such as high blood pressure, lung, kidney, or heart problems, diabetes, autoimmune disease, sexually transmitted disease or any chronic infection can risk for the mother and for her unborn baby.
A history of previous miscarriage or a family history of genetic disorders is also risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy.
Even if you are healthy when you become pregnant it is possible to develop or be diagnosed with problems during pregnancy that can affect you and your baby.
It is a syndrome that includes high blood pressure, urinary proteins, and swelling, it can be dangerous. But with proper management, most women who have this disorder deliver a healthy baby.
Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes may have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
There is some precaution all pregnant women should take, especially those who are considered high risk due to certain conditions or complications. If you exercised before pregnancy, the doctor may recommend that you keep up the same routine, but tone it down to avoid rapid and jerky movements.
Some high-risk pregnancy may be required bed rest, which means little to no exercise is allowed.