Dr. Vikas Kadam

Dr. Pooja Kadam

High Risk Pregnancy

High Risk Pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy that involves increased health risks for the pregnant person, unborn baby or both. Certain health conditions and your age (being over 35 or under 17 when pregnant) can make a pregnancy high risk. These pregnancies require close monitoring to reduce the chance of complications.

What causes high-risk pregnancy?

Factors that make a pregnancy high risk include:
  • Preexisting health conditions.
  • Pregnancy-related health conditions.
  • Lifestyle factors (including smoking, drug addiction, alcohol abuse and exposure to certain toxins).
  • Age (being over 35 or under 17 when pregnant).

What are the signs and symptoms of high-risk pregnancy?

  • Abdominal pain that doesn’t go away.
  • Chest pain.
  • Dizziness or fainting.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Your unborn baby’s movement stopping or slowing.
  • Fever over 100.4°F.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Nausea and vomiting that’s worse than normal morning sickness.
  • Severe headache that won’t go away or gets worse.
  • Swelling, redness or pain in your face or limbs.
  • Thoughts about harming yourself or your unborn baby.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Vaginal bleeding or discharge.