)A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy with medical, surgical or other issues that could put the fetus, the pregnancy and/or the mother at risk. It includes:

  1. A woman who is more likely than usual to become sick or die
  2. A fetus or baby that is more likely than usual to become sick or die 
  3. Medical, surgical, or other complications during pregnancy, before or after delivery which have a higher risk to occur than usual.

Many women with high-risk pregnancies can continue and see their regular Ob-Gyns, others may need to get care from a special team of doctors such as Maternal-Fetal Medicine ObGyns (high-risk obstetricians) to ensure that their pregnancies are healthy and that they have a healthy pregnancy outcome.

Top high risk Pregnancy Complications

  1. Miscarriage/Pregnancy Loss
  2. Ectopic Pregnancy
  3. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  4. Gestational Diabetes
  5. Preeclampsia
  6. Premature/Preterm Labor
  7. Hyperemesis Gravidarum/Severe Nausea and Vomiting
  8. Anemia
  9. Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  10. Birth Defects
  11. Multiples (eg. twins)
  12. Asthma
  13. Diabetes
  14. Collagen-vascular Diseases
  15. Sickle Cell Anemia
  16. Drug Abuse
  17. Kidney Problems
  18. Lung Disease
  19. Heart Disease
  20. Seizure Disorders
  21. Acute Fever
  22. Significant Anemia (hematocrit <26%)
  23. Tokophobia - Fear of Getting Pregnant and Pregnancy
  24. Bed Rest - Do you Need It?

High Risk Pregnancy Complications A-Z