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Is Your Pregnancy A ‘High - Risk’ One?

Every pregnancy is very special and precious to the parents. A ‘high-risk’ pregnancy means that you have one or more conditions that exclude you from a normal delivery process and raise your and your baby's chance of medical complications. For the vast majority of women, pregnancy follows a routine course. Some women, however, have medical difficulties related to their health or the health of their baby. High-risk complications occur in nearly 6 percent to 8 percent of all pregnancies. These complications can be serious and require special care from an early stage to ensure the best possible outcome. Just some extra TLC and the mother-baby duo will enjoy a healthy life forever. The first step towards this extra care is identification and understanding of a high risk pregnancy.

The presence of one or more of the following make your pregnancy a high-risk one:

- Being 17 years old or younger

- Being 35 years old or older

- Being underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant

- Twin pregnancy or a history of twin/multiple pregnancy

- A history of previous pregnancy complications

- Pregnancy after infertility

- Medical conditions that began before pregnancy like diabetes or hypertension

- Medical conditions that began during pregnancy like diabetes or hypertension

- Previous history of premature labor

- Previous child with a birth defect

- Anemic or short stature mother

- A history of abortion or dead born baby

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