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Pregnancy Risk factors

Are you planning a pregnancy ? It is important to find out if you have a risk factor. Some women have a greater chance of high risk pregnancy because of certain risk factors. These include genetic background,  medical condition and lifestyle.

Pregnancy risk factors include the following :

  • Being younger than 18 or older than 35 years
  • Being underweight or underweight
  • Having anemia
  • Not eating healthy
  • Having giving birth more than 4 times
  • Having a previous preterm birth
  • Having a previous pregnancy loss
  • Having giving birth to a very large or small baby
  • Having a family history of genetic disease or previous baby with genetic defects
  • Substance abuse such ( cigarette, alcohol, drugs)
  • Having a medical condition such as  diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease
  • Having a low socioeconomic status

Other factors that can also pose a risk to the developing baby include the following :

  • High temperatures
  • Radiation exposures
  • High altitudes


Content Sources
Pregnancy risk factors. Stanford Children’s Hospital. Accessed December 13th, 2018

Health Risks Associated with Pregnancy. Healthline. Accessed December 13th, 2018

Managing a High-Risk Pregnancy. WebMD. Accessed December 13th, 2018

January 25, 2021 | 3:41 31    By oohs N coos    

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