There are many factors that may cause your pregnancy to be high risk, including medical conditions, age, weight or family history. Be sure to let your obstetrician know if you have any of these risk factors when planning for pregnancy or after you have conceived.
Personal Risk Factors:
Personal risk factors include age (35 or older), problems in past pregnancies, previous birth defects or multiples (twins, triplets or more).
Medical Risk Factors:
This includes any previous medical conditions, such as high blood pressure; heart, kidney, lung or liver disease; viral or bacterial infections; diabetes; anemia or seizure disorders.
Lifestyle Risk Factors:
These are preventable risk factors that you can eliminate by changing your lifestyle, including smoking, drinking alcohol, poor nutrition, weight (both overweight and underweight) and lack of prenatal care.
If you experience any of these risk factors, consult with your ob-gyn. He or she can help you determine if you need to see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist to ensure that both you and your baby are safe and healthy.