A pregnancy is referred to as “high-risk” if the mother or the baby has an increased chance of health problems i.e advanced maternal age. There could be many causes to be categorised as “high-risk”, but it’s mainly a term that doctors use to ensure the mother and baby receive special care and attention during the pregnancy period.
It also refers to high-risk medical issues such as slowed growth of the baby, preterm labour, pre-eclampsia, problems with the placenta and recurrent miscarriages. Miscarriage refers to the spontaneous end of a pregnancy where the embryo or foetus is incapable of surviving independently.
Miscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy.