31 pregnancy risk factors to discuss with your doctor

Taking a few precautions during your pregnancy can help to ensure the safe delivery of your baby. Here are some common pregnancy risk factors to discuss with your doctor

31 pregnancy risk factors to discuss with your doctor

Source: Excerpted from the Women’s Health Encyclopedia

The following factors should be discussed with your doctor. Remember that over 97 percent of pregnancies result in the safe delivery of a healthy baby. If you attend the early prenatal care appointments, your health care team can identify and address any pregnancy risk factors, such as:

‘ Age: are you younger than 18 or over 35 years?

‘ Have four or more children

IUD in place

‘ Vaginal bleeding after last period

‘ Previous stillbirth or neonatal death

‘ Previous Cesarean delivery or myomectomy

‘ Previous small’under 5 lb. (2.25 kg) or large’over 8 lb (3.6 kg) baby

‘ Previous preterm delivery (before 37 weeks)

‘ Two or more miscarriages before existing pregnancy

‘ History of premature labour, cervical stitch (called cerclage), late miscarriage or abortion, or two or more abortions

‘ Congenital abnormality in previous baby

‘ Antibodies in your blood that could harm the fetus

‘ Preeclampsia, hypertension, proteinuria in a previous pregnancy

‘ Severe bleeding after giving birth or removal of placenta in previous pregnancy

‘ History of short labour (under 2 hours) or long labour (over 18 hours)

‘ Postpartum depression after birth of previous baby

‘ Uterine problem such as fibroids or cysts

‘ Blood disorder

‘ Family history of diabetes or congenital fetal abormality

‘ Smoking

‘ Drinking 2 or more units of alcohol a day prior to pregnancy

‘ Inability to stop drinking while pregnant

‘ Illegal drug taking by either parent

‘ Several different sexual partners, anal intercourse, bisexual partner

‘ Hepatitis B, HIV, AIDS

High blood pressure (over 140/90 mmHg, after you have been lying down for 5 minutes)

‘ Over- or under-weight or less than 5 ft. (1.5 m) tall

‘ Protein in urine or other kidney or liver disease

‘ Heart murmur

‘ Pelvic or abdominal abnormalities

‘ Vaginal bleeding late in prior pregnancy

If you’re concerned about risks during pregnancy, check out these 12 steps to your healthiest pregnancy.