Is My Pregnancy Considered High-Risk?

Is My Pregnancy Considered High-Risk?

Is my pregnancy considered high-risk

Many women wonder whether their pregnancy is “high-risk” or not. High-risk pregnancies usually require closer monitoring and should be managed by a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist (high-risk obstetrician).

Some women are absolutely “high-risk” and need to be cared for by an experienced obstetrician. These include:

  • Women expecting twins and triplets
  • Women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Women with other chronic medical problems, such as epilepsy, previous blood clots, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, bleeding conditions etc.
  • Women with previous serious pregnancy complications, including preterm delivery, pre-eclampsia, small baby, anal sphincter tear, stillbirth etc.
  • Couples with a family history of certain genetic or chromosomal conditions

Other women may have additional risk factors that warrant closer monitoring, although most will have straight forward pregnancies. These include:

  • Women with common underlying problems such as asthma and underactive thyroid
  • Women with a previous caesarean section
  • Women with previous miscarriage
  • Women with a previous abnormal pap smear or cervical treatment (LLETZ, cone)
  • Women with a strong family history of pregnancy-related complications

Dr. Colin Walsh is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist. In the US, MFM specialists are referred to as Perinatologists. MFM specialists are Obstetricians who have completed an additional 2-3 years training in the management of high-risk pregnancies and are thus considered experts in complex pregnancy care. If you think your pregnancy might be high-risk and you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Walsh, please call us on 1300 460 111 or email

  • Mater Hospital
  • North Shore Private Hospital
  • The University Of Sydney
  • Royal College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists