High-risk pregnancy

Are You At Risk?

While pregnancy can be a time of joy and excitement for most mommies-to-be, for some women who are labeled as having a "high-risk pregnancy," the time can be filled with stress and uncertainty. Whether you've been diagnosed as high risk or are simply looking for ways to reduce your risk, discover the prenatal causes and common conditions associated with a high-risk pregnancy.

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What are prenatal causes of a high-risk pregnancy?

Women with pre-existing health conditions may face a higher likelihood of having a high-risk pregnancy, but new research shows that cases of high-risk pregnancies extend beyond women facing obesity or high blood pressure.

Moms-to-be with asthma have shown pregnancy complications and may be labeled high-risk, while women with oral bacteria are now found to be at risk of preterm birth. For moms battling Bell's Palsy, Myasthenia Gravis, diabetes or epilepsy, you may also be labeled high-risk.

Which pregnancy issues cause a high-risk pregnancy?

While some health conditions can be avoided, some conditions such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes that occur due to the pregnancy itself can cause a woman to be labeled as high-risk. Most expectant women carrying multiples may be twice blessed, but know that they are often faced with preterm delivery issues. Moms diagnosed with lesser known conditions such as placenta previa also face similar factors that can lead to a high-risk pregnancy label.

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Procedures associated with high-risk pregnancies

Although the idea of having a high-risk pregnancy can be scary, learning about the test and procedures associated with this label can make it easier to understand. Facing an amniocentesis can be scary, but a little information about this common procedure may help ease your mind. And, with cesarean rates on the rise, you may want to find out more about possible labor and delivery choices associated with your prenatal condition.

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How can I stop premature delivery?

Premature labor is commonly associated with high-risk pregnancies, and although you cannot prevent premature labor, certain medications may be able to reduce your risk of delivering your bundle of joy early. Some treatments such as progesterone are shown to decrease preterm birth rate, but only your physician can determine what, if any, medications are necessary.

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Although your doctor is the best judge of whether you have a high-risk pregnancy, maintaining good health pre-pregnancy and keeping all of your prenatal appointments just may lower your risk of having a high-risk pregnancy.

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