How can I have a high risk pregnancy?

What qualifies as a high-risk pregnancy?

A “high-risk” pregnancy means a woman has one or more things that raise her — or her baby’s — chances for health problems or preterm (early) delivery. A woman’s pregnancy might be considered high risk if she: is age 17 or younger. is age 35 or older.

How do I know if I’m high-risk pregnancy?

You may be considered high-risk if you have a history of miscarriage, preterm labor, or cesarean delivery. Likewise, if you’ve already had one child with a birth defect, any subsequent pregnancies may be treated as high-risk.

How common is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy suggests that in order to have a healthy and successful pregnancy and delivery, extra care is needed. Women, who begin a normal pregnancy, may develop conditions that put her in the high-risk category, which occur in about six to eight percent of all pregnancies.

Can birth defects be seen on ultrasound?

Ultrasound is the most common tool used to detect birth defects. Doctors use an ultrasound to conduct a system-by-system analysis of the baby. Ultrasounds are usually performed when the mother is 18- to 20-weeks pregnant but can be done earlier.

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What week is the highest risk of miscarriage?

The first trimester is associated with the highest risk for miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. A miscarriage in the second trimester (between 13 and 19 weeks) happens in 1% to 5% of pregnancies.

Can stress cause high risk pregnancy?

High levels of stress that continue for a long time may cause health problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease. During pregnancy, stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or a low-birthweight baby (weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).

Can you work during a high risk pregnancy?

Recommendations. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the following recommendations: Working during pregnancy is generally safe. For those in high-risk occupations or with medically complicated pregnancies, work accommodations often can allow for continued safe employment.

What happens when your BP is high during pregnancy?

If blood pressure goes up during pregnancy, it can place extra stress on her heart and kidneys. This can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. High blood pressure during pregnancy also increases the risk of preeclampsia, preterm birth, placental abruption, and cesarean birth.

What are five warning signs of a possible problem during pregnancy?

DANGER SIGNS DURING PREGNANCY

  • vaginal bleeding.
  • convulsions/fits.
  • severe headaches with blurred vision.
  • fever and too weak to get out of bed.
  • severe abdominal pain.
  • fast or difficult breathing.

At what weight are you considered high-risk pregnancy?

Having a BMI of 30 or higher during pregnancy can increase the risk of complications for you and your baby.

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