High Risk Pregnancy

High Risk Pregnancy

What is a High Risk Pregnancy?

A pregnancy is considered high risk when either the mother or child faces an increased chance of complications. Some of what causes a high risk pregnancy is pre-existing health conditions, while other risk factors include age or lifestyle choices.

A high risk pregnancy isn’t necessarily “treated”, but is instead subject to much closer monitoring and more frequently health check-ups. If the high risk pregnancy is due to an underlying medical condition, treatment of that issue may need to happen before pregnancy occurs.

If it is determined that a high risk pregnancy is present, special steps may be taken. These can include blood testing, urine testing and additional ultrasounds. In some cases, a special facility or hospital that caters to high risk pregnancies may be used.

High Risk Pregnancy Factors

There are many different factors that can lead to a high risk pregnancy. Some non-illness high risk pregnancy factors include:

  • Age
  • Multiple-Child Pregnancy
  • Lifestyle
  • Past Pregnancy Issues

Many high risk pregnancies also stem from health issues present in the fetus, including Down syndrome, heart problems and lung issues.

Still other high risk pregnancies are caused by a pre-existing health condition in the mother. Some of these illnesses can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma

Certain medications may affect pregnancy risk as well.

Request Obstetric Information Today

If you believe you are pregnant please contact our OB Coordinator today 949.829.5500 ext. 217. For more information or questions regarding high risk pregnancy please contact our office at (949) 829-5500 or request an appoitment online with one of our medical professionals.