What Medical Conditions Make A Pregnancy High Risk?

Knowing what medical conditions can make your pregnancy high risk will help you achieve a healthy full-term pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time to enjoy for many mothers, but if you are one of a category deemed high-risk, your pregnancy may be fraught with more anxiety than joy. But there is enough knowledge available to help most high-risk pregnancies make it safely to a full-term delivery.

High blood pressure is one very dangerous condition often exasperated by pregnancy. It requires diligent monitoring and close supervision by your care provider to deliver a healthy newborn. Blood pressure needs to be controlled during pregnancy, to a reasonable level. Many care providers will want your blood pressure to be no more than 140 over 80. Anything above that needs to be watched to be certain it does not rise anymore. Taking a two-hour rest each day while lying on your left side can help blood flow to the kidney and placenta. Circulation improves with the more rest you can get for both you and your baby.

Asthma is another condition which can make pregnancy difficult. Medications must be selected more carefully so they are compatible with pregnancy and do not harm the developing baby. Since pregnancy increases respiratory effort on the part of the mother, any condition which compromises breathing will be more difficult to tolerate. Again, close observation by your care provider will ensure safety of your baby.



An auto immune disease called Lupus will also make pregnancy high risk in the medical profession's determination. Lupus involves painful and inflamed joints, lack of energy and an increased susceptibility to infections. Lupus often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are so nonspecific and could be attributed to other disorders. Frequent testing of the liver and kidney will monitor the safe progress of the pregnancy. Lupus will increase the risk of both miscarriage and preterm birth also, so stay in close connection with your provider and alert her or him to changes in your health.

Multiple sclerosis, MS, is a disease that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms vary from numbness in the hand to being completely incapacitated. MS does not usually affect the health of the baby but it can present problems if infection of the urinary tract occurs. Urinary tract infections can lead to kidney problems which gravely endanger the baby's health due to the risk of kidney failure in the mother.

Another medical risk during pregnancy is heart disease. Since the heart must work harder during pregnancy, any condition that compromises the heart's efficiency to work will endanger the baby's life. Your care provider must be advised of any existing heart condition prior to pregnancy so concerns do not go ignored.

Seizure disorders can complicate a pregnancy as well. Some medications taken for epilepsy cannot be taken during pregnancy and alternative medications will need to be discussed with your care provider. Some antiepileptic medication can also precipitate folic acid deficiency which can lead to anemia during pregnancy.

Whichever medical condition you might have prior to pregnancy, staying in close contact with your care provider is the best prevention possible along with taking the best care of yourself for your entire gestating time.

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