What Makes a Pregnancy High-Risk?

high risk pregnancy Having a baby can be equally exciting and nerve-wracking. If you are considering having a baby, you may be concerned about a high-risk pregnancy. Millions of women successfully give birth each year; despite this, the risk of complications is rising, according to Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The reason could be due to women entering pregnancy with pre-existing conditions. That’s why educating yourself and visiting an obstetrician throughout your pregnancy is key.

Here are some signs that may indicate a high-risk pregnancy and what precautions you can take.

What Is a High-Risk Pregnancy?

There are approximately 50,000 high-risk pregnancies with complications each year in the U.S. A high-risk pregnancy is one where there are potential health risks for the mother, the fetus, or both. An obstetrician can keep a close eye on the mother as the pregnancy evolves. They may run additional tests to ensure the fetus is developing normally and that there are no life-threatening complications.

What Are the Risk Factors for a High-Risk Pregnancy?

The following are common factors that can cause a high-risk pregnancy:

Maternal Age

Mothers over 35 have a higher risk of complications.


Certain lifestyle choices increase the risk, such as smoking or alcohol.

Chronic Health Conditions

Chronic health conditions that can affect pregnancy include:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart or blood disorders
  • Obesity
  • Infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Autoimmune diseases

These conditions can impact the pregnancy or birth. Some conditions, such as gestational diabetes or Rh sensitization, can also arise unexpectedly during pregnancy, pushing it into the high-risk category.

Get Proper Pregnancy Care With Woodlands OBGYN Associates

Educating yourself is the best thing you can do to lower your risk of complications during pregnancy. If you suspect you are pregnant or are considering having a baby, schedule an appointment with one of our obstetricians. They will carefully review your medical history and potential risk factors so you can take the proper precautions.

We can also discuss tests with you that can determine if you fall into the high-risk category so you can make informed choices. We offer individualized care based on what you and your baby need.

No two pregnancies are alike, so make an appointment today with one of our trusted obstetricians to create your personalized prenatal care plan. Call 281-364-9898 for an appointment or schedule online.

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