What's a "High-Risk" Pregnancy?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.high risk, teen pregnancy, pregnant, pregnancy, ob/gyn, pregnant, having a baby, pregnant over 35, older women and pregnancy, having a baby, babies, infants, newborns, safe pregnancy, preeclampsia, twins, multiples, triplets, miscarriage, miscarriages, high rish, high risk pregnancy, preemies, premature babies, gestational diabetes, premature labor, pregnancy risks03/05/200710/30/201810/30/2018Armando Fuentes, MD10/19/201856b19921-0f96-45c7-93cb-c3f092b4cdf0https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/high-risk.html/<p><em>I'm pregnant and my doctor says my pregnancy is "high-risk." What does this mean? <br />&ndash;Destiny</em></p> <p>A "high-risk" pregnancy means a woman has one or more things that raise her &mdash; or her baby's &mdash; chances for health problems or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">preterm (early) delivery</a>.</p> <p>A woman's pregnancy might be considered high risk if she:</p> <ul> <li>is age 17 or younger</li> <li>is age 35 or older</li> <li>was underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant</li> <li>is pregnant with twins, triplets, or other <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/parenting-multiples.html/">multiples</a></li> <li>has <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hypertension.html/">high blood pressure</a>, diabetes, depression, or another health problem</li> <li>had problems with a previous pregnancy, including premature labor or having a child with a genetic problem or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/birth-defects.html/">birth defect</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preg-smoking.html/">Smoking</a>, <a class="kh_anchor">taking illegal drugs,</a> and drinking <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preg-alcohol.html/">alcohol</a> also can cause health problems for a pregnant woman and her baby.</p> <p>Because your pregnancy is considered high-risk, it's important to work with your doctor or care team to get any health problems that can be managed under control.</p> <p>Other important tips for a healthy pregnancy include:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>See your doctor early in and throughout your pregnancy for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medical-care-pregnancy.html/">prenatal care</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-pregnancy.html/">Eat a healthy diet</a> (getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, etc.) and <a class="kh_anchor">exercise</a> if your doctor says it's OK.</li> <li>Gain a healthy amount of weight (not too much or too little).</li> <li>Protect yourself from infections (including <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/5-zika.html/">Zika</a>). <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Wash your hands</a> well and often; do not eat raw meat, fish, or unpasteurized cheese; get any immunizations your doctor recommends; and use condoms to protect against <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/">STDs</a>.</li> <li>Reduce stress in your life.</li> </ul>
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