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    What May Increase Your Risk for a Problem During Pregnancy or After Delivery?

    Many conditions, lifestyle choices, medicines, and diseases interfere with your ability to heal or fight infection. You may be at risk for a more serious problem from your symptoms if you have any of the following. Be sure to tell your doctor.


    • Recent gynecologic procedures or surgery
    • A history of cancer of the cervix
    • A history of physical or sexual abuse
    • A history of a previous blood clot
    • A history of surgery to remove the spleen
    • Previous miscarriage

    Lifestyle choices

    • Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
    • Drug abuse or withdrawal
    • Engaging in high-risk sexual practices, such as multiple partners, unprotected intercourse, or prostitution
    • Smoking or other tobacco use



    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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