A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the mother or her fetus
is at increased risk for health problems. The determination of a high-risk
pregnancy is based on the mother's current health status, age, and pregnancy
history as well as the presence of a genetic disorder in either parent.
Specifically, a pregnancy is considered high-risk when a woman:
Has a genetic disease (such as cystic
fibrosis), chronic disease (such as diabetes), chronic infection (such as HIV),
brain disorder (such as epilepsy), heart problems, or high blood
Is overweight or underweight.
Is younger than 17 or older than 35.
Has had problems
with previous pregnancies, such as repeated miscarriages, preterm labor,
gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or difficult births.
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology