Warning Signs

What is a High Risk Pregnancy?

A high risk pregnancy is one in which some condition puts the mother, the developing fetus, or both, at higher-than-normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth.

What conditions make a pregnancy High Risk?

There are many conditions and disorders that can make a pregnancy high risk. These include bleeding, incompetent cervix, premature labor, premature rupture of membranes, diabetes of pregnancy, high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, poor fetal growth, pre-existing medical conditions, and many more.

What do you mean by warning signs?

These are signs or symptoms that occur during pregnancy that MIGHT be an indication of a new high risk pregnancy condition. Warning signs can also be normal. The idea is that if you HAVE any of the following warning signs, then you should inform your obstetrical care provider so they can determine if there is any risk or danger.

Contact your OB care provider if any of the following occur during your pregnancy:

  • Abdominal or uterine cramping that is regular and uncomfortable (more than 1 month before the due date)
  • Decreased fetal movement (if you are third trimester and this is a significant change)
  • Eyesight or vision problems
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Severe bodily itching
  • Severe headache
  • Severe swelling of the lower legs
  • Symptoms of illness (other than minor). These include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, severe upper respiratory conditions, shortness of breath, severe weakness or fatigue, severe pain anywhere
  • Vaginal discharge that is heavy, watery or colored (other than white or pale yellow)
  • Vaginal or pelvic pain or pressure
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding