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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.


  • 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


  • 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



ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedMarch 20, 2012

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