High-risk pregnancy is one that involves increased health risks for the foetus, pregnant female, or both. Increased age and presence of certain health conditions can lead to a pregnancy with high risk. To reduce the chance of complications, close monitoring of these pregnancies is required. Having a high risk pregnancy does not necessarily mean that your foetus will have problems. Many females experience healthy full-term pregnancies and normal labour and delivery even though they might have special healthcare needs.
Following are the factors that make a pregnancy high-risk:
Females with many pre-existing health conditions have increased health risks during their pregnancy. Following are some of these conditions:
Following are some pregnancy-related health conditions that can increase risks for the pregnant female and the foetus:
Whether or not your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you must talk to your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms in pregnancy:
Females who get pregnant for the first time after 35 years of age experience high-risk pregnancies. Research has proven that they’re more susceptible to developing complications than younger people are. They may include pregnancy-related health conditions like gestational diabetes and early pregnancy loss.
Younger people below the age of 17 years can also experience high-risk pregnancies due to:
High-risk pregnancies can be life-threatening for the foetus as well as the pregnant female. The potential serious complications may include:
Getting early and thorough access to prenatal care is very important for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. You must tell your doctor about your past pregnancies and health history. If your pregnancy falls in the high-risk category, you may require special monitoring throughout your pregnancy. Following are the tests that may be performed to monitor your health and the health of the foetus:
Continuous monitoring to ensure that the foetus gets enough oxygen, getting biophysical profile checks that monitor their movements, breathing, and amniotic fluid with the help of a non-stress test and ultrasound which monitors their heart rate.
The management of high-risk pregnancies depends on certain risk factors, including:
If your health or the health of the foetus is at stake, your healthcare provider may recommend a C-section or induction of labor.
The complications of pregnancy can be reduced by:
Whether you know beforehand that you have a high risk pregnancy or you simply want to be careful and take some steps to prevent having a high-risk pregnancy, you must stick to the basics, which include:
Many females with high-risk pregnancies don’t face any problems during their pregnancies and deliver healthy babies. However, they may be susceptible to developing health problems in the future that may include:
Certain high-risk pregnancies can enhance a child’s risk of:
Depending on your overall condition, your doctor might recommend:
Some prenatal diagnostic tests like chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis come with a small risk of pregnancy loss. The decision to take these tests will be taken by you and your partner. You must discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.
You must talk to your healthcare provider regarding how to manage medical conditions during pregnancy and how labour and delivery may affect your health. You must contact your healthcare provider if you have:
Having a high-risk pregnancy means that you can experience some ups and downs. Your job is to do your best to stay positive as you take steps to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Pregnancy-related complications may occur for upto six weeks after pregnancy ends. You must pay close attention to your health during the whole time. Talk to your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal symptoms.
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