A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby, or both. High-risk pregnancies require management by a specialist to help ensure the best outcome for the mother and baby.
Most of the time having a baby is a natural process. After a full-term pregnancy, a woman goes into labor on or near her due date and gives birth to a healthy baby.
High Risk Pregnancy examines the full range of challenges in general obstetrics, medical complications of pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis, fetal disease, and management of labor and delivery
High-Risk Pregnancy Factors
High-risk pregnancies tend to fall into two categories: those that are considered high risk due to a maternal factor, and those that are high risk due to a suspected problem with the fetus. We see both types of high-risk pregnancies at the Maternal Fetal Care Center and Fetal Concerns Center.
We commonly see:
- Women with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and other chronic conditions
- Adult congenital heart disease survivors
- Cancer survivors
- Women of advanced maternal age
- Women with sickle cell disease
- Women pregnant with multiples
- Suspected chromosomal, genetic or birth defects