High Risk Pregnancy
What is a high risk pregnancy?
A pregnancy is considered high risk if you, or your baby, are at an increased risk of health problems before, during or after delivery. If your pregnancy is considered high risk you may have different pregnancy care needs.
Who is at more risk of a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy can result from a medical condition that is present before pregnancy. You are more at risk of a high-risk pregnancy if you:
- Are over 35
- Smoked, drank or used drugs during your pregnancy
- Are carrying multiple fetuses
- Have a history of pregnancy-related hypertension disorders, such as preeclampsia
- Have a history of premature birth
- Have health problems, such as
- High blood pressure
- Heart or blood disorders
- Thyroid disease
- poorly controlled asthma
Can you develop a high-risk pregnancy?
Yes, you may not always begin your pregnancy as high risk. A condition may develop during pregnancy that causes your pregnancy to become high risk. Complications can also develop during pregnancy, such as
- An abnormal placenta position
- Fetal growth restriction (fetal growth less than the 10th percentile for gestational age)
- Rhesus (Rh) sensitization when your immune system is attacking the baby
What happens if my pregnancy is high risk?
If you are high risk you will require special monitoring and care throughout your pregnancy. This may involve more regular appointments and additional tests. Most women with high risks pregnancies deliver a healthy baby. We will help you determine what is needed.