High-risk pregnancy is not always preventable. Some factors, such as chronic conditions and lifestyle factors, can be treated and controlled before pregnancy to help reduce risk. But some conditions aren’t treatable or, even if well controlled, still mean higher than normal risk. Other problems may start in pregnancy.
Staying healthy before and during pregnancy is a good way to lower the risk of having a difficult pregnancy. Healthcare providers recommend that women who are thinking about becoming pregnant visit a healthcare provider to make sure they are in good preconception health.