High Risk Pregnancy

High risk pregnancy definitions and information
A comprehensive list of high-risk pregnancy causes, treatments, and symptoms.
Bed Rest During Pregnancy with Multiples
With the increased risk of complications associated with a multiple birth, many moms require some level of bed rest during their pregnancy. Bed rest could be prescribed to alleviate a potential health risk to the mother (such as pre-eclampsia), or for the babies (such as preterm labor).
High-Risk Pregnancy A-Z
A comprehensive listing of causes, symptoms, and various conditions that may cause high-risk pregnancies.
Seizures during pregnancy
One quarter to one third of women with epilepsy experience an increase in seizure frequency during pregnancy, regardless of seizure type or duration of epilepsy. For women who have been stable and seizure-free, it is likely that they will remain seizure-free during pregnancy as well, given that adequate antiepileptic drug treatment is maintained.
Intrauterine Growth Restriction
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a term used to describe a condition in which the fetus is smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy. Another term for IUGR is fetal growth restriction. Newborn babies with IUGR are often described as small for gestational age (SGA).
Complications of Pregnancy
Although the majority of pregnancies are uneventful, sometimes complications do occur. The following are some of the more common pregnancy complications:
High-Risk Pregnancy
What causes a high-risk pregnancy? Before a woman becomes pregnant, it is important for her to have good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Good prenatal care and medical treatment during pregnancy can help prevent complications.
Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
What are preeclampsia and eclampsia? Preeclampsia is a syndrome marked by a sudden increase in the blood pressure of a pregnant woman after the 20th week of pregnancy. It can affect the mother?s kidney, liver, and brain. If left untreated, the condition can be fatal for the mother and/or the baby and can lead to long-term health problems. Eclampsia is a more severe form of preeclampsia that can cause seizures and coma in the mother.
What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia, also known as toxemia, is a complex disorder that affects about 5 to 8 percent of pregnant women. You're diagnosed with preeclampsia if you have high blood pressure and protein in your urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The condition most commonly shows up after you've reached 37 weeks, but it can develop any time in the second half of pregnancy, as well as during labor or even after delivery (usually in the first 24 to 48 hours). It's also possible to get preeclampsia before 20 weeks, but only in rare cases, such as with a molar pregnancy. Preeclampsia can range from mild to severe, and it can progress slowly or rapidly. The only way to get better is to deliver your baby.
Amniotic Fluid Abnormalities
The amniotic fluid that surrounds a developing baby plays a crucial role in normal development. This clear-colored liquid cushions and protects the baby and provides it with fluids. By the second trimester, the baby is able to breathe the fluid into his lungs and to swallow it, promoting normal growth and development of the lungs and gastrointestinal system. Amniotic fluid also allows the baby to move around, which aids in normal development of muscle and bone.

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