Pregnancy Risks News

Health problems that can develop during pregnancy are known as pregnancy risks or complications, and they can occur for many different reasons. Some are related to existing health problems that women have before pregnancy, while others appear on their own during pregnancy. They can affect both the mother and the baby. While some complications can't be controlled by the mother, some risks can be minimized by making certain choices before or during the pregnancy.

Types of Pregnancy Risk

Some pregnancy risks stem from health problems before pregnancy. For example, obesity, eating disorders and diabetes can all lead to complications during pregnancy. Asthma, depression, seizures, HIV, migraines, STDs, thyroid problems and uterine fibroids are other pre-existing health conditions that can lead to pregnancy complications. For some of these health issues, it’s recommended to manage them as best as possible prior to becoming pregnant. In other instances, getting pregnant is sometimes not recommended.

Women can develop a number of problems during pregnancy as well. They include depression, anemia, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Problems can also occur with how or where the fetus grows. An ectopic pregnancy, where the baby implants outside the uterus, is one example of this.

Risk Prevention

There are a number of steps that women can take to minimize risks during pregnancy. For many pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes or obesity, steps can be taken to control these issues. During pregnancy, lifestyle choices like eating a healthy diet, exercising safely, avoiding alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs and practicing good hygiene at all times can help with many of the preventable complications. It’s best to work closely with a doctor on the proper strategy for preventing and treating the potential risks of pregnancy.

SOURCE: U.S. Office on Women's Health

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5/25/2017
Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure

Infections, clotting disorders, history of high blood pressure puts women with preeclampsia in jeopardy, study says

5/25/2017
U.S. Moms-to-Be Often Victims of Assault

Researchers recommended routine prenatal screening for violence and trauma

5/24/2017
Zika Arrived in Florida at Least Four Different Ways

Virus strains came from the Caribbean and Latin America, researchers say

5/22/2017
Increasing Numbers of Pregnant Women Also Have Heart Disease

Multiple specialists may be needed to care for these expectant moms, researcher says

5/22/2017
Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications

Longer hospital stays, more hysterectomies tied to the sleep disorder, study says

5/19/2017
Poverty Could Make Lupus Even Worse

Second study saw pregnancy complications higher among non-whites

5/17/2017
Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty

But the majority of tests are unaffected, U.S. officials say

5/16/2017
Odds for C-Section May Depend on Hospital

Consumer Reports finds rates vary from 7 to 64 percent across U.S.

5/15/2017
As Temps Rise, Risk of Pregnancy Complication May Too

Extreme cold seems to reduce the chances; heat raises the odds, study suggests

5/9/2017
Zika Risk May Be Lower Than Thought for Some Pregnant Women

U.S. study found only 1 of 185 who traveled to active areas tested positive, and baby wasn't infected

5/3/2017
Mom's Money Worries May Mean Smaller Baby

Researchers suggest doctors look for ways to help poorer women during pregnancy

5/3/2017
Babies Born Addicted to Opioids Often Struggle With Learning

They're more likely to have disabilities and developmental delays, researchers say

5/1/2017
Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage Risk

Study finds certain meds seem safer than others, but overall danger is low, researchers say

4/27/2017
Repeat Teen Births Still a Problem in United States: CDC

Too few teens use the most effective birth control after having a first baby

4/27/2017
Could Smoking in Pregnancy Affect a Grandkid's Autism Risk?

Study shows a generations-long link, but research can't prove cause-and-effect

4/25/2017
Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

Expert panel recommends blood-pressure check at every prenatal visit

4/21/2017
Moms-to-Be Are Heeding Store Warnings About Alcohol

Drinking down 11 percent in states where liquor retailers must post signs, study finds

4/21/2017
Home Birth Safe for Some, But Not All, Women

Certain factors make home delivery too chancy, pregnancy experts say

4/18/2017
Studies Question Link Between Mom's Antidepressant Use, Autism in Kids

After accounting for other factors that raise chances of the disorder, the increased risk disappeared

4/18/2017
Zika Can Harm Babies' Vision, Too

Study of 43 South American infants found damage to retinas and optic nerves

4/17/2017
Pot Smoking Common Among Pregnant Teens: Survey

Doctors voice concerns about harms to developing fetus

4/14/2017
Shooting Ranges Pose Hidden Risks: Study

Exposure to lead residue from firing guns can bring health harms, researchers say

4/4/2017
Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika

CDC report also says too few babies are tested for the virus

3/29/2017
Cases of Zika-Linked Birth Defects Dropped in Brazil in 2016

The South American country was the epicenter of the mosquito-borne disease a year earlier

3/29/2017
Got the HPV Vaccine Before You Knew You Were Pregnant? Don't Worry

Accidental exposure after conception isn't linked to risks for baby, researchers say

3/28/2017
Study: Plenty of IV Fluids May Make Childbirth Safer, Easier

Review found it lowered risk of cesarean delivery, shortened labor

3/17/2017
Eating for Two Often Doesn't Translate Into a Healthier Diet

Many pregnant women don't meet national nutritional guidelines, U.S. study finds

3/14/2017
Tests to Spot 'Preemie' Birth Risk Ineffective in First Pregnancies

Finding suggests other screens are needed for this group of women, researcher says

3/9/2017
Most Women Stop Drinking After Positive Pregnancy Test, Study Finds

Researchers 'pleasantly surprised' by fact that most quickly made the healthy choice

3/8/2017
More Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Protect Kids From High Blood Pressure

If mothers have heart disease risk factors, nutrient benefits children, study suggests

3/7/2017
Obesity in Pregnancy Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Kids

But study authors stress that a cause-and-effect link wasn't proven

3/2/2017
Risk of Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Zika Moms: CDC

Finding highlights importance of preventing infection during pregnancy, researchers say

3/2/2017
Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

Study can't prove cause-and-effect, but children exposed in utero to pyrethroids had more problems

3/1/2017
Mildly Low Thyroid Function in Pregnancy Not a Threat: Study

No difference in brain functioning seen in kids assessed to age 5

3/1/2017
Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy: Study

No higher rates of complications seen in babies when mom took these meds after 22 weeks of pregnancy

2/22/2017
Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study

Malnutrition may cut levels of essential nutrients that prevent some mental disorders

2/21/2017
Scientists Probe Zika's Devastating Effect on Pregnancy

Mouse study shows how infection crosses placenta to harm the fetus

2/20/2017
Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would stem surge in drug-addicted newborns

2/15/2017
More 'Extreme Preemies' Are Surviving

Babies born at 22 and 24 weeks still face tough odds, but neonatal care improvements have been key, doctors say

2/3/2017
Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

His weight appears to affect pregnancy success, too, study finds

2/3/2017
Certain Bacteria May Affect Preterm Birth Risk

Bad 'bugs' tied to raised risk of early delivery, while good ones seem to be protective, researchers say

2/2/2017
Can Pregnancy Harm Your Heart?

Links uncovered between preterm birth, multiple children and future cardiac problems

2/2/2017
Do Weekend Deliveries Pose Risks for Moms?

Women have slightly higher chances of complications if giving birth Saturday or Sunday, research suggests

1/25/2017
Deportation Fears Tied to Poor Birth Outcomes for Hispanics

After immigration raid, women had increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight babies, research contends

1/23/2017
Gestational Diabetes a Risk Factor for Postpartum Depression: Study

It found chances increased even more if woman had suffered an earlier bout of depression

1/18/2017
FDA Offers Guidance on Fish Intake for Kids, Pregnant Women

Agency recommends 2-3 servings of 'best choices' weekly

1/17/2017
Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids

Few treatment programs deal with substance abuse in expectant moms, federal report says

1/17/2017
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report

Countries with highest alcohol use during pregnancy include Belarus, Britain, Denmark, Ireland and Russia

1/16/2017
Kids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in School

By 7th grade, 4 out of 10 failed to meet standards in at least one academic area, study finds

1/12/2017
Pregnancy OK for Most Women With Congenital Heart Conditions: Report

Preconception counseling helps moms-to-be understand potential risks, doctors say