High-Risk Pregnancy

High-Risk Pregnancy What causes a high-risk pregnancy?
Before a woman becomes pregnant, it is important for her to have good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Good prenatal care and medical treatment during pregnancy can help prevent complications.
But there are factors that can be present before a woman becomes pregnant, that can cause a high-risk pregnancy. Risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy can include:

What are some conditions that may cause a high-risk pregnancy?

What can a woman do to promote a healthy pregnancy?
Many health care providers recommend that a woman who is thinking about becoming pregnant see a health care provider to ensure she is in good preconception health.

During pregnancy, there are also steps a woman can take to reduce the risk of certain problems:

High-Risk Pregnancy. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/high_risk_pregnancy.cfm. Accessed May 18, 2010.

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