High risk of pregnancy By: Tamia Roberson

High risk pregnancy: High risk pregnancy is one in which condition puts the mother, developing fetus, or both at high- than- normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth. One of the most common risk factors for high risk pregnancy is the age of the mother- to -be. Women under age 17 and over 35 when their baby is due at high risk.

Prevention: at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily beginning before and continuing through pregnancy. Pregnant women can prevent high risk pregnancy by having a proper immunization, healthy diet and maintaining proper weight, proper physical activity, avoiding drugs ( except the drugs being prescribed by the doctor ) , and seeing the doctor regularly.

Complications:

The complications that happens during high risk of pregnancy is very common. Complications such as still birth ( after 20 weeks ) , fetal loss , and preterm birth happens very often if the mother is under 17 years of age. Complications between late teen and early 30's the risk of miscarriage and genetic defects further increases after age 40. Conditions such as high blood pressure, lung, kidney, or heart problems. Premature labor begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Higher risks such as certain infections, shortened cervix, or previous preterm birth. Maternal stress during pregnancy increases the risk of the child having a range of altered neurodevelopmental outcomes.

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Intervention

Treatments and interventions: Treatments varies on the risk factors. You should always keep your blood pressure under control as well as limit salt intake and get regular exercise. Track blood sugar levels several times a day. Women with gestational diabetes need to take medicine including an oral hypoglycemic tablet or insulin to help manage diabetes. An intervention in labor has some risks, for higher risk of forceps and vacuum delivery and C section operation.

About 4 1/2 minutes , babies are born with birth defects in the United States. That means that nearly 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year. Birth defects are common and costly condition that affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the unites states each year. A birth defect can be found before, during , or anytime after birth. Most birth defects are found the first year of life of the newborn. The birth defect can also affect how the body looks , works, or both. Birth defect can also affect almost any part of your body including the brain, heart , and foot.

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