A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby, or both.
2. What are the factors that constitute the risks?
Some of the common risk factors include:
• Existing health conditions – patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney diseases, thyroid diseases
• Obesity & overweight
• Conditions of pregnancy – carrying more than one fetus, gestational diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
• Young or old maternal age – (ages under 17 or over 35)
• Lifestyle factors – consuming alcohol, smoking during pregnancy
3. How are the above conditions diagnosed?
These conditions can be diagnosed by your doctor during a prenatal checkup, where an assessment will be made based on your medical history and your current physical health.
4. Can a high risk pregnancy be prevented?
Generally, the risks can be lowered by staying healthy and having your doctor evaluate your preconception health.
5. What are the treatments for high risk pregnancy?
Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan based on your individual requirement, which will also include proper antenatal care.