What's a "High-Risk" Pregnancy?
A "high-risk" pregnancy means a woman has one or more things that raise her — or her baby's — chances for health problems or preterm (early) delivery.
A woman's pregnancy might be considered high risk if she:
is age 17 or younger
is age 35 or older
was underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant
is pregnant with twins, triplets, or other multiples
has high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, or another health problem
had problems with a previous pregnancy, including premature labor or having a child with a genetic problem or birth defect
Smoking, taking illegal drugs, and drinking alcohol also can cause health problems for a pregnant woman and her baby.
Because your pregnancy is considered high-risk, it's important to work with your doctor or care team to get any health problems that can be managed under control.
Other important tips for a healthy pregnancy include:
See your doctor early in and throughout your pregnancy for prenatal care.
Eat a healthy diet (getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, etc.) and exercise if your doctor says it's OK.
Gain a healthy amount of weight (not too much or too little).
Protect yourself from infections (including Zika). Wash your hands well and often; do not eat raw meat, fish, or unpasteurized cheese; get any immunizations your doctor recommends; and use condoms to protect against STDs.
Reduce stress in your life.