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    What May Increase Your Risk for a Problem During Pregnancy or After Delivery?

    What May Increase Your Risk for a Problem During Pregnancy or After Delivery?

    Many conditions, lifestyle choices, medicines, and diseases interfere with your ability to heal or fight infection. You may be at risk for a more serious problem from your symptoms if you have any of the following. Be sure to tell your doctor.

    Conditions

    • Recent gynecologic procedures or surgery
    • A history of cancer of the cervix
    • A history of physical or sexual abuse
    • A history of a previous blood clot
    • A history of surgery to remove the spleen
    • Previous miscarriage

    Lifestyle choices

    • Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
    • Drug abuse or withdrawal
    • Engaging in high-risk sexual practices, such as multiple partners, unprotected intercourse, or prostitution
    • Smoking or other tobacco use

    Medicines

    • Anticoagulant medicines such as aspirin, Coumadin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Antiseizure medicines, such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or carbamazepine (Tegretol)
    • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
    • Medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection
    • Medicines used to treat cancer (chemotherapy)
    • Radiation therapy

    Diseases

    • Adrenal disease, such as Cushing's syndrome or Addison's disease
    • Asthma
    • Current and prior pelvic infections (pelvic inflammatory disease)
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Depression or other mental health problems, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
    • Diabetes
    • Endometriosis
    • Heart failure
    • High blood pressure
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
    • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
    • Kidney failure
    • Leukemia
    • Liver disease
    • Pituitary disease
    • Sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
    • Thyroid disease
    • Uterine fibroids
    • Von Willebrand's disease or other bleeding disorders
    By Healthwise Staff
    William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
    Last Revised March 20, 2012

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