Dealing with high-risk pregnancy

If yours has been called a high-risk pregnancy, or your health care provider has told you that your health may mean complications for your pregnancy, you're likely worried about what that means for the next many months. Whether you had an existing medical condition when you became pregnant or you developed a medical condition during pregnancy, high-risk is a way to identify women and their babies-to-be as needing greater attention during pregnancy. Having a high-risk pregnancy does put you at an increased risk of experiencing a health complication, but it's also a way for your health care provider or team to keep close tabs on you to make sure you're taking the necessary steps to minimize the risk.

In addition to treatment and support from your health care provider, Providence Care Management offers ongoing support throughout pregnancy for women dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Call 800-662-1121 or email caremanagement@providence.org to learn more.

What determines a high-risk pregnancy?

There are many factors that can contribute to a high-risk pregnancy. You may be at greater risk for pregnancy challenges if:
  • You are 35 or older, or 17 and younger.
  • You are pregnant with more than one baby.
  • You consume alcohol and drugs or smoke while pregnant.
  • You have had three or more miscarriages.
  • You have diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney disease, epilepsy or another serious health condition.
  • You have a mental health condition or illness.
  • The baby is diagnosed in utero with a genetic condition, or a heart, lung or kidney problem.
Even with any of these factors, you still may experience a healthy pregnancy. To learn more about what it means to have a high-risk pregnancy and the potential complications, visit our health library.

Find the support you need

You deserve a healthy — and happy — pregnancy. In addition to getting the right treatment and follow-up from your health care provider, Providence Care Management offers ongoing support throughout pregnancy for women dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Call 800-662-1121 or email caremanagement@providence.org to learn more.