High-risk pregnancy occurs when some condition puts the mother, the developing fetus, or both at higher-than-normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth.
According to obstetricians, perhaps the greatest miracle of birth is how incredibly hard it is to actually harm a pregnancy once it is established. However, for 10% - 20% of pregnancies — about 875,000 a year in the United States — one or more conditions arise to complicate matters.
Some of the most common high-risk conditions during pregnancy include:
- Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
- Gestational diabetes
- Multiple births
The most serious complications are:
- Congenital anomalies (abnormal)
- Pre-term labor
- Premature rupture of the membranes leading to pre-term birth
- Placental abruption
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