Here is a list of the most common conditions that can lead to a high-risk pregnancy. However, it is important to note that not all women with these conditions will have a high-risk pregnancy.
Diabetes – If you have diabetes before you become pregnant, you will likely be referred to a perinatologist to monitor your condition and determine the proper medications. He or she will follow your baby’s growth and well-being, and manage your health with nutrition counseling, glucose monitoring and, possibly, medications.
Pre-eclampsia – This is a condition unique to pregnancy where you have high blood pressure in conjunction with protein in your urine and edema (swelling of the skin). In some women with pre-eclampsia, liver or platelet abnormalities are present.
Hypertension – A perinatologist will monitor your baby’s growth and may be consulted if problems arise. Some medications commonly used outside of pregnancy to treat hypertension are contraindicated in pregnancy.