It just means that specialist care is advised, and with proper care you will be able to manage any complications that arise, and in many cases make decisions that will prevent problems from developing.
Women with existing health conditions such as:
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Renal (kidney) disease
- Likely to have high risk pregnancies.
Other factors include:
- Drinking alcohol
- Certain medications
- A history of miscarriage or issues in past pregnancies
- Infection such as HIV or HPV.
Women who conceive at younger than 17 or older than 35 are also at greater risk of having complications with their pregnancy.
Issues may arise from the pregnancy itself, rather than due to any pre-existing medical conditions, and cause complications such as premature labour (giving birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy), multiple births (carrying more than one baby in utero), placenta previa (in which the placenta covers the cervix), or problems with the foetus affecting structure and development. It is also possible to develop pregnancy-related syndromes.
The more common of these are preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Pre-eclampsia can be dangerous for the mother and the baby, and even fatal in some cases. It involves high blood pressure (hypertension), protein in the urine (proteinuria), and swelling of the ankles, feet, hands, and sometimes the face, caused by fluid retention (oedema). Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy.
What to do next
In cases of both gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, it is entirely possible to have a healthy pregnancy with the help of an obstetrician. Our team is here to help you with any concerns, and to ensure that you have as safe and healthy a pregnancy as possible. Call us to make an appointment.
If your pregnancy is classified as high-risk, it means that specialist care is advised in order to manage any complications, but in many cases, and with proper care, you will not experience any complications.
Pregnancies are higher risk for women with existing conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, high blood pressure, lupus, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or kidney disease, or infection such as HPV or HIV. Smoking and alcohol intake can also affect your pregnancy, as well as history of miscarriage.
Pre-eclampsia is a potentially fatal condition, marked by high blood pressure and proteinuria in the mother, which can develop after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It cannot be cured, but with management from an experienced doctor, risks can be minimised.