What Health Conditions Can Cause a High Risk Pregnancy?

Published on: March 30, 2015

If you have just found out you are pregnant or are considering becoming a mother, you need to be aware of health conditions that can affect your pregnancy. These conditions do not mean you cannot become pregnant or have a healthy child; they just put you and the baby at a higher risk for complications. However, many of these complications can be avoided with regularly monitoring and consultations with your trusted OB/GYN.

Common Health Conditions Linked to High Risk Pregnancies

There are many health problems that can impact your pregnancy, making it important to always be under the supervision of an experienced OB/GYN. These can be existing health issues or problems that arise during the pregnancy. Here are some of the most common health concerns that you need to be aware of if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy:

  • Chronic hypertension
  • Abnormal PAP test
  • Certain heart diseases
  • Renal disease- moderate to severe
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes- insulin dependent
  • Incompetent cervix or uterine malformations 

If you have any of these conditions before becoming pregnant, it is vital to be under the care of an OB/GYN during your pregnancy. However, even if you are completely healthy, there are conditions that can occur during your pregnancy to make it high risk, including multiple fetuses, abnormal fetal position and other conditions.

Most women with high risk pregnancy are still able to safely deliver a healthy child into the world, as long as they adhere to certain restrictions and precautionary measures. Keep in mind that any pregnancy has risks and should always be monitored by an OB/GYN for you and your babies protection and health.

Posted on behalf of
Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 422-8505

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