Medical conditions that make your pregnancy high risk


  • High blood pressure- many medicines used for B.P control are contraindicated or best avoided during pregnancy. The patient has to be started on a safe medicine before planning pregnancy. This is  apart from the additional risks to the pregnant mother and baby such as super-imposed pre-ecclampsia , growth retarded fetus, etc.
  • Pregestational diabetes , that is diabetes existing prior to pregnancy, if not under adequate control, may be associated with an increased health risk to both mother and baby.
  • Seizures – Prepregnancy assessment and advice is essential for a woman planning a pregnancy
  • Are anaemic - Anaemia is associated with an increased risk of associated complications during pregnancy, both to the mother and her fetus- eg high blood pressure [ PIH ], poor weight gain and pre-term labour, prematurity, low-birth weight.
  • Have Heart disease or heart valve problem- the degree of associated risk varies, according to the type of cardiac problem involved.
  • Have  Asthma
  • Your baby has been found to have a genetic condition, such as Down’s  syndrome, or a heart, lung, or kidney problem.
  • Are affected with sickle cell disease, systemic  lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Have a family history of genetic defects.
  • History of previous pregnancy losses ( miscarriages and stillbirths)
  • Are expecting multiples (twins, triplets). The problems are an increased risk of preterm birth, Preeclampsia, gestational diabetes etc.
  • Are over age 35 or younger than 18.
  • You are taking certain medicines, such as lithium, phenytoin (such as Dilantin), valproic acid (valprex), or carbamazepine (such as Tegretol).
  • Have previous health issues including cancer, organ transplant, sexually transmitted infections or weight loss surgery.
  • Have had any complications in previous pregnancies such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or preterm  labor and/or delivery
  • Have Fetal conditions in this pregnancy like breech or transverse lie, big baby, small baby, congenital anomalies.

Read the following blog post about High Risk Pregnancy to know more!