Not all pregnancies progress without difficulties. Some women are categorized as what doctors refer to as a high-risk pregnancy. A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby, or both. High-risk pregnancies require management by a specialist to help ensure the best outcome for the mother and baby.
Maternal age: One of the most common risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy is the age of the mother-to-be. Women who are under 17 or over 35 when their baby is due are at greater risk of complications than those between their late teens and late 20s.
Medical Conditions That Exist Before Pregnancy: Even if you are healthy when you become pregnant, it is possible that you may develop problems during pregnancy that can affect you and your baby. The common pregnancy-related problems are:
Pregnancy-Related Issues: Often a pregnancy is classified as high risk because of issues that arise from the pregnancy itself and that have little to do with the mother’s health. These include: