What May Increase Your Risk for a Problem During Pregnancy or After Delivery?

Many conditions, lifestyle choices, medicines, and diseases interfere with your ability to heal or fight infection. You may be at risk for a more serious problem from your symptoms if you have any of the following. Be sure to tell your doctor.


  • Recent gynecologic procedures or surgery
  • A history of cancer of the cervix
  • A history of physical or sexual abuse
  • A history of a previous blood clot
  • A history of surgery to remove the spleen
  • Previous miscarriage

Lifestyle choices

  • Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
  • Drug abuse or withdrawal
  • Engaging in high-risk sexual practices, such as multiple partners, unprotected intercourse, or prostitution
  • Smoking or other tobacco use


  • Anticoagulant medicines such as aspirin, Coumadin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antiseizure medicines, such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
  • Medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection
  • Medicines used to treat cancer (chemotherapy)
  • Radiation therapy


  • Adrenal disease, such as Cushing's syndrome or Addison's disease
  • Asthma
  • Current and prior pelvic infections (pelvic inflammatory disease)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Depression or other mental health problems, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Endometriosis
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • Kidney failure
  • Leukemia
  • Liver disease
  • Pituitary disease
  • Sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Von Willebrand's disease or other bleeding disorders

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

Current as ofMay 22, 2015