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Pregnancy Risks and Complications

Fortunately, most women have healthy pregnancies. However, complications do sometimes arise that can be frightening and confusing.

Some of the possible complications that can occur during pregnancy are listed here. Most of these can be managed to protect the health of the mother and the developing fetus.

Being aware of possible symptoms of these conditions and getting regular prenatal care can prevent health problems and help you get treatment as early as possible. 

Who is at increased risk of developing health problems during pregnancy?

Some women are at increased risk for health problems during pregnancy. Important risk factors include the following:

Women with high-risk pregnancies may need more frequent care and may need care from a team of health care providers to help promote healthy pregnancy and birth.

Reference: National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development