You can still have a healthy pregnancy and baby if your pregnancy is high-risk. Learn what steps you can take to give your baby the best start possible.
A “high-risk” pregnancy is one that threatens the health or life of the mother or her fetus. Women with high-risk pregnancies should receive care health care specialists to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Some examples of a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Maternal age, women 35 and higher or 17 and younger
- Lifestyle choices, including smoking, drinking alcohol and illegal controlled substances
- Existing medical history, chronic hypertension, diabetes and breathing issues
- Multiple gestation, pregnancy with twins or triplets
- Overweight and underweight
Remember: You can still have a healthy pregnancy and baby if your pregnancy is high-risk.
Some ways to promote a healthy pregnancy:
- Schedule an appointment with your OBGYN
- Eat a balanced diet
- Avoid substances
- Prenatal care
- Healthy weight gain
- Reduce stress