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A pregnancy is considered high-
risk when a medical condition
or pregnancy-related complication
threatens the well-being of you or your
baby. Unfortunately, your healthcare
provider can’t always predict high-
risk pregnancies, but if complications
should arise, you will be monitored
very closely. Special testing may be
performed in order to appropriately
monitor your condition and to
determine the best time for your baby
to be born. More frequent visits may
be required or referral to a high-risk
specialist may be suggested.
If you now have or should develop any of the following conditions,
your pregnancy may be considered high-risk:
• Viral illnesses like herpes, hepatitis B, AIDS, German measles,
cytomegalovirus, chicken pox
• Bleeding late in pregnancy
• Post-date pregnancy
• Breech birth or other abnormal presentations
• Nicotine, alcohol or other substance abuse
• Incompetent cervix
• Age 40 or older; age 15 or younger
• History of miscarriages, stillbirths or previous neurologically
impaired infants
• Rh disease
• Multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc.)
• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Preterm labor
Pregnancy is a normal state for women,
but sometimes complications arise that
require immediate attention. Almost
all complications give some kind of
warning sign, and you may be the
first to notice a symptom that needs
attention. Your healthcare provider
will check your blood pressure, urine,
weight, fetal heartbeat and uterine
growth at each appointment because
changes in these vital signs could
signal a problem. Complications that
are detected early have the best chance
of being treated and eliminated.
Call your healthcare provider immediately if you
experience any of the symptoms listed below.
• Bleeding from nipples, rectum, bladder or coughing up blood
• Vaginal bleeding, no matter how slight (unless small amount after a
pelvic exam)
• Swelling of hands or face
• Dimness or blurring of vision
• Severe or continuous headaches
• Abdominal pains that do not go away with heat and rest or a bowel
• Chills or fever over 100º F
• Persistent vomiting
• Painful or burning urination
• Decrease in fetal movement
• Sudden or slow escape of fluid from the vagina
These symptoms may indicate serious complications of pregnancy
that need immediate attention:
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