Pregnancy is a time of great joy, but it can also bring many concerns, especially if your pregnancy is a high risk one.
What Percentage of Pregnancies Are High Risk?
About 20 to 30% of pregnancies are categorized as high risk. As a result, you’ll require some extra care and monitoring during your pregnancy.
What Makes Pregnancy High Risk?
Several factors can categorize a pregnancy as high risk which includes:
Being a teenager or over the age of 35
Can sometimes be seen on an ultrasound and can be hereditary in some cases
Problems During a Previous Pregnancy
Including premature delivery or miscarriage
Health conditions such as high blood pressure, lupus, thyroid disease, or depression
Does Gestational Diabetes Make You High-Risk?
Gestational diabetes can make your pregnancy high risk. Without careful management, it increases the following:
- Preterm Birth: Your risk of delivering your baby early increases.
- Breathing Issues: Your baby is at increased risk of having respiratory distress syndrome and may need help breathing
- High Blood Pressure & Preeclampsia
Are Twins High-Risk Pregnancies?
If you’re expecting twins, it’s considered to be a high-risk pregnancy. Carrying twins can cause an increased risk of the following:
- Gestational diabetes
- Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and preeclampsia
- Problems with bleeding either before or during delivery
- Greater probability of needing a C-section
- Premature birth
Is VBAC Considered High-Risk Pregnancy?
VBAC – vaginal birth after Caesarian – makes your pregnancy high risk since your uterus has a higher risk of rupturing during birth.