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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 47 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 33-year-old member asked:

Do multiple pregnancies present higher risks than singleton pregnancies?

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Dr. Brittany Chan
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Pediatrics 10 years experience
Yes.: Multiple pregnancies carry higher risks of complications, including preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid), placental abruption, postpartum hemorrhage, cord accident, and cerebral palsy. Risk of miscarriage & congenital anomalies is also increased. If you're having multiples, be sure to practice healthy habits & follow up w/ your ob.
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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 36-year-old member asked:

Why do people choose to terminate pregnancies after getting test results?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Personal decision: It is a personal decision. The tests indicated whether or not the baby has a problem like down's syndrome.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to have closely spaced pregnancies?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Yes: Safe is a term that means different things to different people, so its hard to answer. Any pregnancy that is less than two years after the last has a somewhat higher stillbirth rate than a pregnant >=2 years after the last, but the difference is still small and the risk low. There are some individual conditions that could impact this issue as well. In general though, no.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can I get on a rollacoster while my first weeks of pregrancy ?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
I would not: Although, rollercoaster rides are not contraindicated in pregnancy, but if that is associated with scary feelings, i would not go for it. Remember, it is not just you but also your baby is going to feel what you will. Why stress him? If something goes wrong with your pregnancy, chances are you will be blaming it on the rollercoaster. Better safe than sorry!
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Later in pregnancy, roller coasters can be dangerous because of trauma to the uterus. In the early weeks the uterus is well protected in the pelvis. In spite of this, if you were to miscarry, you might blame yourself for it. Also, roller coasters may increase your nausea.
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