High Risk Obstetrics & Maternity
A high-risk pregnancy is one that threatens the health or life of the mother or her fetus.
For most women, early and regular prenatal care promotes a healthy pregnancy and delivery without complications. But some women are at an increased risk for complications even before they get pregnant for a variety of reasons.
Risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy can include:
Existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or being HIV-positive.
Overweight and obesity. Obesity increases the risk for high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, stillbirth, neural tube defects, and cesarean delivery.
Multiple births. The risk of complications is higher in women carrying more than one fetus (twins and higher-order multiples).
Young or old maternal age. Pregnancy in teens and women aged 35 or over increases the risk for preeclampsia and gestational high blood pressure.
Placenta previa is a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix. The condition can cause bleeding, especially if a woman has contractions
Women with high-risk pregnancies should receive care from a special team of health care providers to ensure that their pregnancies are healthy and that they can carry their infant or infants to term.