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Conditions that Lead to High-Risk Pregnancies

A high-risk pregnancy happens when you have one or more conditions that put you or your baby at a higher-than-normal risk for health problems.

These conditions include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Reproductive health issues, such as polycystic ovary syndrome and infertility, which can make it difficult for some moms-to-be to stay pregnant
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight (obese)
  • Being a young (teen) or older (age 35 or older) mom
  • Using alcohol, tobacco or street drugs during pregnancy
  • Multiple gestation, a pregnancy with more than one baby, such as twins or triplets