High-risk pregnancy: Resources by condition

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If you have a high-risk pregnancy, making informed choices is important in order to have the best chance of a healthy pregnancy. The following list is a good starting place to find the most up-to-date information and support you need for a successful labor and delivery.

Advanced maternal age

Advanced Maternal Age Project
This nonprofit organization provides support to pregnant women age 35 and older. You can share stories and resources in this nonjudgmental community of older moms.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACOG medical experts answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and childbirth after age 35. The site also provides practical information, including a helpful glossary of terms.

Mayo Clinic
Get information about the risks of being an older mom and tests you might want to consider having, plus expert advice on making healthy choices during pregnancy.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
ACOG provides a list of websites with consumer information on alcohol use during pregnancy and resources for support.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
Get the hard facts about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy, and find resources to get help.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACOG’s list of websites provides information on depression during pregnancy and resources for support.

American Pregnancy Association
This national nonprofit organization promotes wellness through education, advocacy, and support, including a toll-free helpline.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) advocates for those with mental illness through hundreds of local affiliates. As the nation's leading grassroots mental health organization, NAMI is the go-to group for family and friends.

Drug use

American Pregnancy Association
Find reliable information on the effects of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, PCP, and LSD as well as a rundown on laws that address prenatal substance use.

Consumer Reports
Get answers to common questions about the risks of using over-the-counter and prescription medications during pregnancy.

Visit the organization's website or call the toll-free number (866) 626-6847 to talk to an expert counselor. (A service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists.)

Treating for Two
This public health initiative is run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and nongovernmental partners.

Gestational diabetes

American Diabetes Association
Find a wealth of information and resources for staying healthy when you have gestational diabetes – including a toll-free helpline, a chat room, and links to local resources.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Get answers to frequently asked questions about diabetes and related topics from a trusted source.

High blood pressure (hypertension)

American Heart Association
See this helpful page on the AHA's website for answers to questions about high blood pressure during pregnancy. There's also information on related topics, including nutrition, weight and stress management, and smoking cessation.

Mayo Clinic
Get practical information about managing the different types of high blood pressure in pregnancy.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Find comprehensive information about the causes, effects, and risks associated with high blood pressure during pregnancy, and what you can do to prevent problems.


Get straightforward information about HIV and AIDS from these fact sheets produced by the National Institutes of Health. Topics include the safety of anti-HIV medications during pregnancy and ways to prevent transmission during labor and delivery.

American Pregnancy Association
Useful information about prenatal care, treatment, breastfeeding, and many other issues relevant to HIV-positive pregnant women.

Iron deficiency anemia

American Society of Hematology
Consult the website of the leading authority on blood diseases for essential information about anemia in pregnancy.
Mayo Clinic
Get the rundown on symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this common condition. The site includes advice about diet and supplements.

Kidney disease

National Kidney Foundation
Get answers to your questions about being pregnant and having kidney disease or a transplanted kidney.


Johns Hopkins Lupus Center
On this website, you can get comprehensive medical information directly from a doctor who helps run the lupus center at one of the country’s most respected medical centers.

Lupus Foundation of America
Get authoritative information about the risk factors and potential complications of having lupus and being pregnant.

Molly’s Fund blog
The site's section on what you need to know when you're pregnant and have lupus includes five steps to prepare for your pregnancy and what you need to know after delivery.


American Pregnancy Association
Find articles about signs and symptoms of multiple pregnancy, safe exercise, prenatal care, health conditions unique to multiple pregnancy (such as twin to twin transfusion syndrome), and other relevant topics.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
The ASRM's online patient education booklet is packed with medical information, including a helpful glossary of terms.

Mayo Clinic
Visit this site to find out “What Multiples Mean for Mom,” including information on nutrition, weight gain, precautions, and potential complications.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Go straight to this reputable medical source to find answers to frequently asked questions such as: “When is a person considered obese?” “Should I try to lose weight during pregnancy?” and “Can I have a vaginal delivery if I am obese?”

Mayo Clinic
Visit this web page for guidelines about weight gain based on your body mass index as well as current thinking about the risks versus benefits of gaining less weight than recommended during pregnancy.

Obesity Action Coalition blog
This blog by Dr. Nicole Avena – research neuroscientist, author, and expert on nutrition, diet, and addiction – offers advice about eating for a healthy pregnancy.

The obstetrician-gynecologists who are members of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) help women with obesity or other high-risk conditions have a healthy pregnancy and birth. The SMFM offers online educational materials for patients, including information about bariatric surgery and pregnancy. If you need to find a specialist, use the "Find an MFM Specialist" tool on the SMFM's website.

Preeclampsia and eclampsia

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Visit this web page for authoritative answers to frequently asked questions, such as: “What is gestational hypertension?” “What is HELLP syndrome?” and “What steps can I take to prevent preeclampsia?”

Preeclampsia Foundation
Through the foundation’s website, you can get news and health information, join online discussion forums, and read personal stories of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Pregestational diabetes

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
This online patient education pamphlet answers frequently asked questions, such as: “How can exercise help during my pregnancy?” “How will diabetes affect labor and delivery?” and “If I have diabetes, can I breastfeed my baby?” The pamphlet also includes a glossary of terms.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis Foundation
Find information about what to expect during each trimester of your pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and postpartum when you have rheumatoid arthritis.

Sickle cell disease

Medhelp Sickle Cell Anemia Community
This patient-to-patient online community is a forum for asking questions and discussing topics related to living with sickle cell disease.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
The fact sheet “What You Should Know About Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy” answers basic questions and provides resources for understanding genetics and genetic testing.


March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Find more information and tips for quitting smoking – a leading cause of prematurity and certain birth defects.

Mayo Clinic
Get information to help you understand the risks of smoking during pregnancy and learn about the safest ways to stop.

Smokefree Women
This project is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and other organizations. The group's website contains lots of information and support – including access to the Women Who Quit Community – to help you quit and stay a smoke-free mom.

Teen pregnancy

Mayo Clinic
If you’re a parent looking for ways to support your teen and give her the best chance for a healthy pregnancy, check out this article: “Teenage Pregnancy: Helping Your Teen Cope.” The Mayo Clinic is a trusted source for information about health risks as well as advice on diet, prenatal care, and childbirth preparation.

TeensHealth, run by the nonprofit Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, is a safe, private place to get advice and information about pregnancy. Medical experts review the site’s content to ensure that it’s accurate and up to date, but the information is welcomingly free of jargon.


Cooley’s Anemia Foundation
This nonprofit funds medical research and education for people with thalassemia. Their online booklet includes not only facts and figures but also first-person stories from parents with thalassemia. It also lists the hospitals with the most highly trained thalassemia experts in the country.

Thyroid disease

American Thyroid Association
This organization's website features comprehensive answers to frequently asked questions about thyroid disorders in pregnancy as well as the health risks for both mothers and babies.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Get medical information about hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and how these conditions affect pregnancy, including a list of symptoms to watch out for while taking antithyroid medications.

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
This medical organization improves care for pregnant women with thyroid disease and other high-risk conditions. Members of the SMFM are obstetrician-gynecologists who have received additional training to manage high-risk pregnancies and births. If you're looking for a specialist, check out the "Find an MFM Specialist" tool on the SMFM's website.

Where to go next

Use the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Find an MFM Specialist tool to locate a high-risk pregnancy doctor near you.

Visit the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's website for more information.

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