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What are the risk factors for high risk pregnancies?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Threats to baby, mom: Risk factors include conditions that might affect the health of the fetus and/or pregnant woman. Those include higher chance for birth defects, >1 baby, prior preterm birth, diabetes, history of eclampsia. Many women at high risk for pregnancy complications have healthy babies, but they probably saw perinatologists, had extra testing or imaging, or underwent treatments or delivery with nicu aware.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 48 years experience
High risk pregnancy: Risk factors for high risk pregnancy include chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure; age, older age increases the risk; a prior premature birth or pregnancy complication in a previous pregnancy, and factors that aren't so easy to control, such as placenta previa, placental abruption, and pre-eclampsia early in pregnancy.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between low-risk and high-risk pregnancies?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Many things: Mother nature can be tough. Every pregnancy poses risks to mom or baby. The goal of modern obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine is to decrease the chances of big problems occurring. Uncomplicated pregnancies are more common than complicated ones in which mom or baby is at high risk for preterm birth, bleeding, hypertension, diabetes, multiples, birth defects or other threats to their life/health.
A 39-year-old member asked:

In pregnancy what constitutes high risk?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
It's Relative: The list for high risk pregnancy is long. They share in common diagnoses in which early delivery may be forced to save maternal health such as severe hypertension and renal disease. Others in which baby's health may in jeopardy such as cervical insufficiency and diabetes. Early consultation with the obstetrician is desirable !

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