Monday, 29 April 2019

HOW I FEEL ABOUT BEING HIGH RISK IN PREGNANCY

When you hear the words high risk spoken about in terms of pregnancy, you may immediately start imagining the absolute worst case scenarios that could happen at any point in pregnancy. In actual fact being classified as high risk during pregnancy is more common than you might think. Whether this is down to complications in a previous pregnancy, a high BMI or other medical factors - it doesn’t necessarily mean you will suffer complications.


On paper I was low risk in my first pregnancy with Jack. At a relatively early point in the pregnancy, I developed high blood pressure in pregnancy and quickly needed more monitoring. Jack was also breech and after signing for a caesarean I suffered a secondary post-partum haemmeorage and needed a further operation to resolve that. If I’m honest when I signed for the Caesarean section, I read about the risk of haemorrhaging and immediately just assumed that I would not be the 1 in 100,000 statistic.


 This pregnancy I was classified as high risk from the beginning. I have a BMI of 31 which immediately puts me into the high risk bracket. I also previously had high blood pressure, a Caesarean section and a postpartum haemorrhage. After going through quite a traumatic experience during the first pregnancy and birth I was actually relieved to be high risk. It has meant more appointments and monitoring and has therefore alleviated my anxiety to a certain extent.

I’m currently 36 weeks pregnant and so far I am doing really well. I’ve not yet been admitted into hospital (I had already been admitted three times at this point in my first pregnancy) and generally my appointments have been fine. It just goes to show that being classified as low risk or high risk doesn’t guarantee a risk free or complication ridden pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different and my body has coped very differently in both of my pregnancies. Being high risk in actual fact has just made me take greater care of myself and has resulted in closer monitoring.

If you have just been told you are being classified as high risk in pregnancy - don’t panic. Take good care of yourself - eat well, take your folic acid and really put you and the baby first. Don’t assume that the worst will happen!

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  1. I am currently trying to lose weight in order to (hopefully) have a better chance of having a healthy pregnancy when the time comes. I think more people should know the risks!

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    1. I agree. I think it is good to know the risks from the beginning and then look after yourself during the pregnancy. I think it's always good to be aware but not anxious.

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  2. Sometimes worrying about something that hasn't happened is quite harmful in its own way. Good on you for being a calm voice of reassurance.

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    1. Thanks for reading. It's finding that balance isn't it. Awareness of what could happen is good. Worrying about it not so much.

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  3. I had two emergency sections with my first two children, the second of which was not good. So as I booked an elective for my third child I was anxious about it. However, it was the best birth of them all. Aware of so much more and not rushed etc.

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    1. I agree, I'm much more aware second time around of what could happen. I also know how good medical professionals are this time around.

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  4. Oh gosh, I have an extreme phobia of pregnancy and I don't think I'll ever be able to have children because it's so bad, so I would literally feel so panicked to be in your situation. Wishing you all the best for your pregnancy x

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    1. Bless you! It's all worth it in the end. I had a touch of PTSD after my last birth and was honestly traumatised. Much calmer now though.

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  5. I was in and out of hospital during the last two weeks of my pregnancy so I feel for you. Glad to see you are taking good care of yourself. All the best for the birth!

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    1. Thanks Mellisa. I've not yet been admitted over night so i'm doing well!

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  6. I am sending my wishes and all the best for your pregnancy, it sounds like a tough time :( I hope everything will be okay x

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    1. Thanks for reading Olivia. Not long now - 2 weeks to go!

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  7. Wishing you a healthy rest of your pregnancy. I didn't know about high risk before reading this, it's very helpful.

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    1. Thank you! You get classified high or low risk based on a variety of factors. it means your care will be managed in a slightly different way.

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  8. My BMI was 31 too, but literally only just. I didn't get classified as high risk although I did have to do the GTT etc. I had an amazing second pregnancy, despite the HG, so maybe your body is better prepared this time? Anyway, congratulations and I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes really well!

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    1. Thanks for reading. BMI, High BP and my PPH meant I always knew that I'd be high risk with a second pregnancy. I feel so much better this time around and whilst i'm aware of the risks I am looking after them and trying to manage my anxiety around the birth.

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