Have You Ever Wondered About What a High Risk Pregnancy
Is?  
by Alana Olson
pregnancy. If the baby in the mother's womb develops a serious medical condition,
this may also be classified as high risk. When a woman is diagnosed to have a high
risk pregnancy, additional attention and care is required and in some cases, she may
be referred to a specialist specializing in the condition she or her baby may have.

Contributing Factors of High Risk Pregnancy

• Age

In the past, pregnant women over 35 are usually categorized with high risk
pregnancy; however, with the medical research and advancement, being over 35
does not necessarily make a pregnant woman high risk. However, there are still
certain effects that old age brings to the pregnant woman.

• Pre-existing medical conditions

Some women may already have pre-existing medical conditions and these conditions
may greatly affect their pregnancy. If you are diagnosed to have the following
diseases and are currently pregnant, make sure to visit your doctor often.

- Cancer
- Heart Disease
- High blood Pressure
- Diabetes
- STDs
- Kidney problems
- Young age
- Underweight
- Obesity
- Previous miscarriages, premature births or stillbirths.

• Dangerous Pregnancy Condition that Develops During Pregnancy

Some serious medical conditions may arise during the pregnancy and these
conditions may prompt your doctor to classify your condition as high risk. These
medical conditions may be caused by the lifestyle, foods the mother eats and
exposure to chemicals and toxins. Emotional disturbance and stress may also cause
different medical conditions to develop. This is the reason why pregnant women are
advised to always visit their doctors so that early treatment and careful attention will
be given should any of the following arises:

- Preterm Labor
- Gestational Diabetes
- Preeclampsia or Eclampsia
- Multiples
- High blood Pressure
- Genetic defects or abnormalities in baby

Pregnancy is such a very sensitive stage that needs to be faced and taken with
utmost care. However, there are really certain conditions that cannot be avoided.
Nevertheless, there are also some pregnancy care tips, measures and cautions any
pregnant woman should take to avoid their conditions being classified as high risk
pregnancy. Just the same, for women who have health problems even before they
become pregnant, there are tips and recommendations from doctors that must be
followed. Along with these, any pregnant woman should prepare for their pregnancy
by eating a proper and healthy diet, keeping physically fit, avoiding unhealthy lifestyle
and habits like drinking alcohol and smoking, and taking prenatal supplements. All
these will help avoid a high risk pregnancy.


About The Author

Alana Olson

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Even the complication-free and
normal pregnancy is not something
that should be taken lightly. This
condition must be taken with utmost
importance and care. Your doctor will
monitor your condition each time you
visit him to track the progress of
your baby's development as well as
how you are tolerating and reacting
to the physical stresses brought by
pregnancy. Unfortunately, some
women are considered to have high
risk pregnancy because of some
pre-existing medical conditions. There
are also some cases when the risk
develops during the stage of
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