High Risk Pregnancy

Every family looks forward to a healthy pregnancy and the birth of a healthy newborn. And, for the vast majority of women, pregnancy follows a fairly routine course. But for some, there may be unexpected difficulties and challenges.

Having a high-risk pregnancy means that a woman has a greater chance of complications because of conditions in her pregnancy, her own medical status or lifestyle, or external factors. Many times, complications are unexpected and occur without warning. Other times, certain risk factors make problems more likely.

While many complications are unavoidable, your physician can help you minimize risks and work toward the healthiest pregnancy possible. Fortunately, advances in technology have helped improve the care of both mothers and unborn babies. Being as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant and getting early and regular prenatal care during pregnancy are the most important ways to care for yourself and your developing baby.

The information in this article does not substitute for advice or information provided by your physician. In addition, please consult your physician for further information on specific medical conditions or symptoms that you may have.