Your pregnancy is
called high-risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of a health
problem. Many things can put you at high risk. Being called "high-risk" may
sound scary. But it's just a way for doctors to make sure that you get special
attention during your pregnancy. Your doctor will watch you closely during your
pregnancy to find any problems early.
The conditions listed below
put you and your baby at a higher risk for problems, such as slowed growth for
preeclampsia, and problems with the
placenta. But it's important to remember that being at
high risk doesn't mean that you or your baby will have problems.
Your health plan may have its own list of what makes a pregnancy
high-risk. In general, your pregnancy may be high-risk if:
How will your doctor care for you during your pregnancy?
You will have more visits to the doctor than a woman who does not have a
high-risk pregnancy. You may have more
ultrasound tests to make sure that your baby is
growing well. You will have regular blood pressure checks. And your urine will
be tested to look for protein (a sign of preeclampsia) and urinary tract