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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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

1/12/2017
Doctors Describe First U.S. Case of Locally Acquired Zika in Pregnancy

Baby shows no signs of brain abnormalities, but report urges doctors to be alert

1/10/2017
New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

Women of childbearing age should take 400 to 800 micrograms daily, task force recommends

1/9/2017
Are Heartburn Meds During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Kids?

Analysis suggests, but doesn't prove, that these children were one-third more likely to see a doctor for asthma

12/23/2016
More Than Half of Brazilian Women Avoid Pregnancy Due to Zika Fear

In excess of 1,800 cases of birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus have hit the country so far

12/22/2016
Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems

The high blood pressure condition preeclampsia is 6 times more common, study finds

12/22/2016
Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Kidney Damage in Kids

Raised risk of reduced organ function seen in 3-year-olds whose moms smoked while pregnant

12/20/2016
Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts

Early diagnosis won't change course of the STD, which is incurable, advisory panel says

12/19/2016
Pot Use in Pregnancy on the Upswing, Study Finds

Researchers concerned about possible harm to fetus

12/15/2016
MRI Helps Assess Fetal Brain Abnormalities: Study

Researchers recommend its use mid-pregnancy if ultrasound picks up potential problem

12/14/2016
FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

A long time under or repeated episodes of sedation may pose risk to developing brains, agency says

12/12/2016
Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

Cases have skyrocketed because of widespread maternal drug abuse, study says

12/5/2016
C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes

Surgical delivery might be widening gap between baby's size and mother's pelvis, researchers say

12/1/2016
Could Low Vitamin D Levels at Birth Mean Higher MS Risk?

Perhaps, but researchers aren't ready to recommend routine supplementation during pregnancy

11/21/2016
New Fetal Views in 3-D

Doctors combine MRI, ultrasound to create more lifelike images of inside the womb

11/16/2016
Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Researcher stressed that most children born to women with the autoimmune condition not at risk for seizures

11/11/2016
Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Supplements should only be given to pregnant women with low iron levels, diabetes expert suggests