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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information

There are many factors that constitute a high risk pregnancy. Some depend on the midwife or health care provider you have and their current opinions. Some will depend on where you may plan to have your baby (home, birth center or hospital delivery) and the experience and training of your midwife or health care provider. Some stem from chronic conditions that was in place before pregnancy occurred. And some develop during pregnancy. Even though you may have a high risk pregnancy - with today's medical knowledge and help - chances are your outcome will be a healthy baby in the end.


The age of the mother if she is over 35 constitutes high risk to some midwives and health care providers. The reason being is that genetic certain conditions, such as Downs syndrome, occurs more frequently in older women. Also, miscarriages happen more with older women, because of the declining hormone levels. A midwife or health care provider will probably see an older woman more often and will run non-stress tests and offer amniocentesis and/or other genetic screening tests to help confirm or rule out any problems. However, many of these tests are invasive and have pros & cons associated with them as well as risks, such as possible miscarriage. Research the procedure before deciding whether or not to proceed. If the test comes back as positive for a problem, you may need to make a decision on whether you will want to terminate the pregnancy.

MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Miscarriage
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Habitual Miscarriages
MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Down Syndrome
MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Down Syndrome Overview
MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Down Syndrome Alternatives & Nutrition
MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18)
MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures: CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling)
MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures: Amniocentesis
MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures: Amniocentesis, How To
MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures: Genetic Screening
MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures: AFP (Alpha-Fetoprotein Assessment)
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Birth Defects


Conditions that were in place before pregnancy occurred will put a mother in a high risk category. Sexually transmitted diseases, sickle cell anemia, cancer, lupus, maternal PKU, diabetes, uterine fibroids, hypertension, urinary tract infections, rh-isoimmunity, asthma or other lung disease, alcohol and/or drug abuse, and seizure disorders are some of the conditions that will or may constitute a high risk pregnancy. With these illnesses your midwife or health care provider will be seeing you more often and will monitor and run more tests to insure as healthy a baby as possible.

MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Cystitis
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Fibroid Uterus
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Rh Factor Isoimmunity
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Seizure Disorders
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Chronic Disorders
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MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Alcoholism
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Smoking
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Smoking
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Medications
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Drug Abuse
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy & Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Obesity
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: HIV & AIDS
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Hepatitis
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Diabetes
MoonDragon's Women's Health Information: Anemia Index


Sometimes a perfectly healthy mother will come down with symptoms during pregnancy that will put her in a high risk situation. These include pregnancy induced hypertension (toxemia or preeclampsia), gestational diabetes, toxemia, infections such as urinary tract infections, problems with the placenta, incompetent cervix and preterm labor.

There are some cases where a previous cesarean or a breech or transverse presentation of the baby will be categorized as high risk. Again - this depends upon your circumstances and your midwife or health care provider.

The pregnancy induced conditions will occur later on in pregnancy - often surprising an otherwise healthy mom. In most all cases there is nothing you can do to prevent certain conditions - they simply occur and have to be dealt with. If you have to deal with gestational diabetes, breech presentation, previous cesarean and preterm labor and in all instances you are asking yourself if there was anything you could have done to prevent it, feel reassured that it was nothing you did or could have prevented. Sometimes things just happen and they have to be dealt with when they do occur.

With the onset of most of these conditions - you will see your midwife or health care provider more often or you may be referred on to a specialist. A lot of the cases, such as placenta problems (previa - where the placenta lays over the cervix - and abrupto - when the placenta tears away from the uterine wall), preterm labor and occasionally toxemia requires bedrest at the hospital or at home depending on it's severity.

Close monitoring of both mother and baby will often keep a check on all the conditions of high risk pregnancy. Most high risk pregnant moms will go through a number of tests or at least be offered these tests- non-stress and stress tests, amniocentesis, blood tests, urine screenings, CVS (chorionic villus sampling) and level 2 ultra sounds. Some of these tests - CVS and amniocentesis do not come without risk - and you may need to weigh the benefit of having the test to the possible risk involved. However with today's medical technology - there is a certain assurance that everything possible is being done to help your baby to come to maturity and be born healthy and whole.

Whether you are facing a high risk pregnancy due to pre-existing conditions or due to pregnancy induced conditions - rest assured that if you seek the proper medical help and if you follow your midwife's or health care provider's recommendations you stand as good a chance of a healthy outcome as a normal woman with a normal pregnancy.

MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Concerns
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Index
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Breech Presentation
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Established Breech
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: External Version
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Placenta Previa
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Placenta Abruption
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Toxemia (Preeclamsia/Eclampsia)
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Ectopic (Tubal) Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Ectopic & Molar Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Molar Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Medical Management
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Hyperemesis Gravidarum
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Fetal Activity Assessment
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Fetal Assessment Chart
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Fetal Movement Assessment
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Non-Stress Test
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Intrauterine Fetal Demise
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Intrauterine Growth Retardation
MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures: Cesarean Delivery
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Premature Rupture of Membranes
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Spina Bifida
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Premature Labor & Birth
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Twins & Multiple Births
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Avoiding Preterm Labor
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Things To Avoid During Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Coping With Bedrest
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Checklist
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Exercise
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Family Tips
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Avoiding Preterm Labor
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Childbirth
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Childbirth Classes
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Strep B (GBS) Info & Consent
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Folic Acid Foods
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Teen Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Chances of Twins
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Unexpected Cesarean
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: When Breech
MoonDragon's Midwife Birthing Guidelines Index
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Toxoplasmosis
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Bulimia Eating Disorder
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Depression
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Domestic Violence


MoonDragon's Nutritional Guidelines Index
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Diet
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Folic Acid Facts
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MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Anemia - Folic Acid Deficiency
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Anemia - Iron Deficiency



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