What are the Risk Categories

How can you one tell if a pregnancy is considered as high risk? There are conditions a preganant woman should keep an eye out for both before and after she gets pregnant.  These conditions include but are certainly not limited to:

  • High blood pressure 
  • Becoming obese or extremely overweight
  • Metabolic issues
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Age (Yes, age)

If you have a family history of these medical conditions, you can start talking to your doctor about ways to increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby. It is better if you could speak to your obstetrician about your condition even before you get pregnant. This way, you will be so much further ahead.

The above list of conditions are those that are not necessarily in your control. However, your lifestyle can also be one possible cause of high risk pregnancy.  Pregnant women who are still smoking or using illicit drugs and alcohol, can fall into the category of high risk pregnancy.

There are also a few conditions that occur only when a woman is pregnant. One of these conditions is preeclampsia. This occurs during about the 20th week of pregnancy. High blood pressure is the sure sign that you may have preeclampsia. Pregnant women who develop preeclampsia during pregancy are sometimes put on bedrest until the birth of the baby, depending on the severity of the symptoms. If a woman suffers from high blood pressure even before she gets pregnant, there is a big possibility that she will develop this condition when she gets pregnant.

It is highly recommended that women follow their doctor’s recommendations and instructions especially during pregnancy. This is stricter for pregnant women who are in the high risk pregnancy bracket. Women who fall in the high risk category may find that their doctor may have them meet with a nutritionist or have routine tests throughout the pregnancy. This may be a burden for the mother, but the most important thing is the delivery of a healthy baby.

Safety Measures During a High Risk Pregnancy

Changing one’s lifestyle can help in preventing or removing you from the high risk pregnancy group. You can stop smoking and taking drugs or alcohol. These activities can deeply contribute to the baby’s abnormal conditions like low birth weight and fetal alcohol syndrome. Take some prenatal vitamins to improve your immune system and that your baby can also take the required dosage of vitamins that it needs for the development. Your doctor will also be prescribing a few vitamin supplements that you will need.

Having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to help manage a high risk pregnancy and to give birth to a healthy baby. Some pregnant women eat too much while giving the excuse of eating for herself and the baby as well. If your pregnancy is considered high risk, too much food intake will somehow affect your chances to have a successful childbirth and a healthy baby-especially too much of the wrong food.

There will always be risks associated with pregnancy, whether you are in the high risk pregnancy group or not. Though, some high risk pregnancies are unpreventable because of genetics. But choosing a healthy lifestyle can somehow improve your condition and move towards having a successful and safe delivery and of course having a healthy baby as well.


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