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Risks associated with pregnancy

Risks associated with pregnancy – definition and crucial factors

All pregnancies are associated with a certain risk, regardless of whether they occurred naturally or with some assistance. Creating a new life is a very complex process, and cell division is particularly vulnerable in the first days and weeks. We now know that many pregnancies end on their own in the early stages even before they are known about. Even in young, healthy couples, the rate of pregnancy is only around 20–30% per menstrual cycle.

When does pregnancy involve risk?

A woman’s fertility declines from the age of 35. The likelihood of achieving a natural pregnancy is only about 8% by the time the woman is 40, and at the same time, the risk of miscarriage increases. Therefore, a pregnancy is formally classified as a high-risk pregnancy when the woman is over 35. This does not necessarily mean that there is an actual health risk to the mother or baby. The term “high-risk pregnancy” means that the doctor who is providing treatment monitors your pregnancy more closely and carries out more frequent checks.

What are the risk factors during pregnancy?

The woman’s age is one of many risk factors during pregnancy. Young women are also classified as high-risk pregnancies if complications or health problems arise. The most common risk factors are:

  • Chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis
  • Metabolic disorders
  • An unhealthy lifestyle (an unhealthy diet, not enough exercise)
  • Medication use
  • Alcohol, nicotine and other drugs
  • Overweight
  • Egg donation/double donation

Nowadays, 25–30% of all pregnancies are classified as high-risk pregnancies. Actual complications however are not quite as common, because these pregnancies are closed monitored by the doctors.

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