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Planning a pregnancy? An important part of planning is finding out if you have any risks. Some women have a greater chance of a high-risk pregnancy because of certain factors. These include their genetic background, certain medical conditions, and lifestyle.
Pregnancy risk factors include:
Being younger than 18 or older than 35
Being underweight or overweight
Having a low red blood cell count (anemia) and eating an unhealthy diet
Having low socioeconomic status
Having given birth more than 4 times
Having a previous preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks’ gestation)
Having given birth to a very large or very small baby
Having a previous pregnancy loss
Having a family history of genetic disease or a previous baby with a birth defect
Substance use (cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs)
Having a medical condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease
Taking infertility medications or treatments (these raise your risk for multiple births)
Other factors can also pose a risk to your developing baby. These include high temperatures, radiation exposure, and high altitudes.
Listed below are links to other information on risk factors for pregnancy.
Alcohol and Pregnancy
Smoking and Pregnancy
Illegal Drug Use and Pregnancy
Medications and Pregnancy
Medical Conditions and Pregnancy
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