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All pregnancies have their risks, but high-risk pregnancies are those that have a greater chance of harming the mother and developing baby. Pregnancies in women over 35 years old or those with medical conditions may be automatically considered as high-risk pregnancies.

These conditions include multiple gestation pregnancy, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problems, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, cancer, substance abuse, STDs, and HIV/AIDS. Conditions that can develop during a pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, eclampsia, and preterm labor can make regular pregnancies high-risk.

Receiving prenatal care before and during a pregnancy is the best way to ensure your pregnancy does not become high-risk. Those that are already classified as carrying a high-risk pregnancy should especially receive prenatal care to avoid complications in labor and ensure the health of both the mother and child.

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