Health Risks Associated with Pregnancy
Every pregnancy carries its risks. But good prenatal care and support can help you minimize those risks. Factors like age and overall health status can increase your chances of experiencing complications during pregnancy.
These problems also increase the risk of a cesarean delivery.
Women under age 20
Women under the age of 20 have a significantly higher risk of serious medical complications related to pregnancy than those over 20. Teenage mothers are more likely to:
- deliver prematurely
- have a baby with low birth weight
- experience pregnancy-induced hypertension
- develop preeclampsia
Some risk factors connected to young age include the following.
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- Underdeveloped pelvis. Young women’s bodies are still growing and changing. An underdeveloped pelvis can lead to difficulties during childbirth.
- Nutritional deficiencies. Young women are more likely to have poor eating habits. Nutritional deficiency can lead to extra strain on the body that causes more complications for both the mother and child.
- High blood pressure. Developing high blood pressure in pregnancy can trigger premature labor. This can lead to premature or underweight babies who require specialized care to survive.