Certain pre-existing conditions may mean your pregnancy is considered to be high risk: Either you or your baby has an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and after delivery.
Lots of factors count as preexisting conditions, including:
- Age (older than 35 or younger than 15)
- Heart disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or gluten sensitivity
Women who have a history of pregnancy-related or fertility-related problems are often also considered to have high-risk pregnancies.
Conditions may also arise that turn an otherwise healthy pregnancy into a high-risk one. Being pregnant with multiples increases your risks, as does developing Rh disease, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or any other chronic illness such as cancer or HIV. If your doctor hasn't already taken a complete medical history, he or she will at your first appointment to determine whether you're in a high-risk category.