High-Risk Pregnancy: Other FAQs

Basic information for topics, such as “What is it?” and “How many people are affected?” is available in the Condition Information section. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that are specific to a certain topic are answered in this section.

How do I know if I have or will have a high-risk pregnancy?

If you are thinking about getting pregnant or are already pregnant, visit your health care provider. He or she will check your medical history and run tests to determine whether you are likely to have a high-risk pregnancy. Your health care provider will help you come up with a plan for reducing the risks while you are pregnant.

How can I best take care of myself and my fetus during my pregnancy?

You can take care of yourself and your fetus during pregnancy by eating healthy; avoiding drugs, smoking, and alcohol; exercising regularly; getting good prenatal care; and following your health care provider’s recommendations.

If I get gestational diabetes, will I still have diabetes after the infant is born?

If you develop diabetes during pregnancy, typically, you do not continue to have diabetes after delivery. However, gestational diabetes can raise a woman’s risk of developing diabetes later in life. A recent NICHD-led study found that, among women who have had gestational diabetes, following a healthy diet after pregnancy may help prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. Read more about what to expect if you develop gestational diabetes.

As an older first-time mom, am I more likely to have a cesarean section?

Just because a woman is older, it does not mean she will have a cesarean delivery. However, older woman are more likely to have high-risk pregnancies, so if you are an older first-time mom, it is possible that you will have complications that require a cesarean.

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