Most women are in good health and are able to give birth without risk to themselves or their babies. However, it is an important part of your role as a health professional to identify women who are at higher risk because they have a current or past health problem. If a pregnant woman is sick with any of the following problems, now or in the past, she should get medical help to plan for her needs during pregnancy, and decide if she should give birth in a hospital:

  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Bladder or kidney infection
  • Malaria
  • Fever over 37.5°C (100.4°F) for more than two days, or frequent fevers
  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
  • Liver disease (hepatitis, especially hepatitis B)
  • Heart problems
  • Untreated tuberculosis (TB)
  • Deformity of the hips or lower back.
Last modified: Friday, 11 July 2014, 11:13 AM