What Constitutes a High-Risk Pregnancy?

More than 3.7 million babies are born every year in the United States. While most women have routine pregnancies, up to 8% of pregnancies are considered high risk.

There are numerous factors that could constitute a high-risk pregnancy. Your doctor may identify your pregnancy as high risk if you or your baby are more likely to experience health complications during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or the postpartum period.

Finding out that your pregnancy is considered high risk can be scary, but Farly Sejour, MD, Natalie Gould, WHNP-BC, and our team at Solace Women's Care specialize in comprehensive high-risk obstetrics.

We’re here to help you learn more about high-risk pregnancies and what you can do to ensure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible every step of the way.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

Your body goes through dramatic changes during pregnancy and childbirth. While most pregnancies are routine, certain issues could put your health or your baby’s at risk at any point from conception to delivery. Some of the most common reasons for a high-risk pregnancy include ...

Maternal age

Expecting mothers who are younger than 17 or older than 35 are often considered high risk. Even if you’re generally healthy, having a baby at a very young age or an older age increases your risk of complications.

Preexisting health conditions

Your health before getting pregnant can affect your health during pregnancy. Having chronic health conditions could contribute to pregnancy complications. A few of the most common preexisting health conditions that could put your pregnancy at a higher risk include:

Although many of these conditions can’t be cured, managing them before and during pregnancy can help lower your risk of complications.

Prenatal health conditions

Certain factors that cause high-risk pregnancies, like maternal age, are present before conception. But sometimes, complications can develop during pregnancy — turning a routine pregnancy into a high-risk one.

Gestational diabetes is a common prenatal condition that can affect women during pregnancy, even if they don’t have diabetes or prediabetes. 

Other complications that could make your pregnancy complex include incompetent cervix and premature labor. If you’re carrying multiples (like twins or triplets), your pregnancy may also be considered high risk.

Comprehensive care for high-risk pregnancy

At Solace Women’s Care, our team provides comprehensive prenatal care for all women. Your prenatal appointments are the best way to ensure you and your baby are as healthy as possible during pregnancy.

Dr. Sejour and our team evaluate your risk of complications at your first prenatal appointment. We review your medical history, including previous pregnancies, miscarriages, and other complications.

We monitor your condition throughout pregnancy, offering additional support and genetic testing with noninvasive prenatal testing methods as needed. If your pregnancy is high risk or your health needs change at any time, we adjust your care plan to ensure you and your baby are taken care of.

Trust Dr. Sejour and our team at Solace Women’s Care in Conroe, Texas. To learn more about our prenatal care in high-risk cases, contact us online or call the office today.

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