Every woman is different. Every baby is different. Every pregnancy is different. Does that help? Probably not! But it seems to be the most common answer when you ask a question to anyone nowadays about pregnancy. Everybody simply has a different experience! While on one hand that is very true, on the other there are some obvious facts, statistics and general practices we can learn about that indicate specifically a high-risk pregnancy. In particular, we can dive into what it is, what we can manage and unavoidable factors.
The last thing you want to hear when you find out you’re pregnant is that you are considered high risk. Risk for what? According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a high-risk pregnancy is one that threatens the health or life of the mother or her fetus and often requires specialized care from specially trained providers. It can sound scary, but there are trained professionals, such as Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker, who can help ensure a smooth journey.