When you get pregnant, you picture yourself going to the doctor on occasion, but you mostly fantasize about all the fun aspects. Things like watching your belly grow, picking out cute baby clothes, decorating the nursery, and coming up with baby names become part of your daily routine. You don’t want to have to constantly worry about what you eat, how active you are, and whether you’ll even make it to term. However, these are the realities and the things no one tells you about having a high-risk pregnancy.
There are so many reasons why you might be considered high-risk during the course of your pregnancy. For me, it was because I lost my first baby to prematurity. The doctors didn’t know ( and still don’t know for sure) what underlying issues I had that contributed to the loss of my daughter, so they tried to combat every possibility they could think of by labeling my pregnancy high risk and being over-prepared. Fortunately, I was able to deliver my son and, now, he’s a healthy threenager.
Other reasons for being considered high-risk include health conditions like HIV, diabetes, and high blood pressure, plus carrying multiples (twins, triplets, etc), and you're age when you're pregnant (such as teenagers or anyone over 35). So what else do you need to know about having a high-risk pregnancy? While not all pregnancies are the same, here's what I experienced that rarely is discussed when a woman is labeled high risk while she grows a human being in her body: