High-Risk Pregnancy

Healthcare providers use the term “high-risk pregnancy” to describe a situation in which a mother, her fetus, or both are at higher risk for problems during pregnancy or delivery than in a typical pregnancy.

A high-risk pregnancy may be one that involves chronic health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure; infections; complications from a previous pregnancy; or other issues that might arise during pregnancy.

NICHD is one of many federal agencies working to improve pregnancy outcomes, including research on the causes and management of high-risk pregnancies.

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