Follow Up With - Dr. Andrea M. Harper!

"The more risk factors a woman has, the more likely she and her fetus will be at risk during pregnancy and birth. Statistics are available for some risk factors:

  • High blood pressure. According to statistics collected by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, about 6% to 8% of pregnant women in the United States have high blood pressure. About 70% of them are women who are pregnant for the first time.
  • Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects an estimated 3% to 5% of pregnancies in the United States, and 5% to 10% of all pregnancies globally. The majority occur at term.
  • Multiple births (twins). The National Center for Health Statistics reported that between 1980 and 2009, the twin birth rate increased 76%—from 19 to 33 per thousand births. For women between the ages of 35 and 39, twin births rose by 100%, and for women aged 40 and older, the increase in twin births was more than 200%. The increase in multiple births is due in part to the use of fertility treatments, especially in women older than age 35.

 

For more information, please follow the link listed below! 

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/high-risk/conditioninfo/pages/risk.aspx