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Conditions that may trigger a high-risk Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and adventurous events you experience as a woman. Birthing a baby is an intricate process which causes many changes in a person’s body from conception to delivery and even after giving birth. For example; the abdominal scars may never go away, the lines of the suture are indelible, don't wink, and many more. It could be normal or high risk as well.

When is pregnancy said to be high risk? 

It's a high-risk pregnancy when you, your baby, or both are at higher risk of health problems during pregnancy or delivery than in a normal pregnancy. It often requires care from a medical doctor.

Some pregnancies are termed high risk as they progress, while others are at increased risk for complications before the pregnancy starts due to chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure or complications from a previous pregnancy, or other problems.

Complications common in high-risk pregnancy are stillbirths, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight for the baby.

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Here's a list of health conditions that can make a pregnancy high risk;

Hypertension: This may result in kidney damage and preeclampsia.

Thyroid disease:

This condition in a pregnant woman may result in low birth weight and developmental problems in the baby.

Obesity:

An obese pregnant woman may have delivery problems or structural heart problems in the baby.

HIV/AIDS:

Chances of virus transmission from the pregnant person to the baby.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): There can be an increased risk of pregnancy loss before 20 weeks gestation.

Diabetes

Having diabetes is associated with metabolism problems for the pregnant person and birth defects for the baby. Most times, babies are born too large or have glucose impairment.

Kidney disease

This results in preterm delivery, preeclampsia, and low birth weight.

Asides from conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, age, development of the placenta, lifestyle factors like smoking and drug use can also increase your chances of having a high-risk pregnancy. 

In case, you have a condition that would make your pregnancy high risk. Endeavor to talk to your doctor about your risks before becoming pregnant. If you are already pregnant and have a high-risk pregnancy, monitoring, a better birth option, bed rest, family support, additional scan, or care after delivery will help you pull through.

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