Risk pregnancy (24/05/16)

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences that a woman can go through in life. The nine months of gestation are full of new feelings and experiences, especially for first-time mothers

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful experiences that a woman can go through in life. The nine months of gestation are full of new feelings and experiences, especially for first-time mothers –in their case, it is common to be worried when something out of normality occurs. One of the situations that worries mothers is risk pregnancy, which is detected during the first trimester.

But if we do have a risk pregnancy, we do not need to panic: this happens in 10% of pregnancies. This type of gestation increase the chances of having some type of problem in the mother or the baby.

According to Dr Veronica Moens, “in most cases it simply means that more rest and medical controls, than the rest of pregnancies, will be required, and maybe some food supplements or medication will be also needed”.

Some of the causes

Some chronic illnesses can be the cause of a risk pregnancy, it’s a clear example of the importance of genetics. Anaemia, hepatitis, diabetes, asthma or obesity are some examples. Other causes that affect pregnancy are the age of the mother –problems increase if the mother is under 18 or over 40 years of age– and the life style has also an effect –smoking, alcohol and drug consumption are habits that harm the foetus.

A restricted growth of the foetus, multiple pregnancies, premature births, problems in the uterus or in the placenta can also be the cause of risk pregnancy. However, with the appropriated medical control and following the gynaecological indications, the pregnancy can develop without any other complications.

Indications

In these cases, it is essential to have prenatal consultations and medical checks regularly, and from the very start. The mother-to-be can also have a good diet and avoid stress and anxiety, which will help to have an easier pregnancy. Therefore, it is recommended to practice yoga or some type of relaxation exercise, which will improve breath control and will be very useful on the day of delivery.

Nowadays, most high-risk pregnancies have the same outcome as normal pregnancies, with the only difference that more medical controls will be required.