High Risk Pregnancy

About High Risk Pregnancy

As many as 8% of pregnancies in the United States are considered high risk, but with careful monitoring and testing, they can result in healthy babies.  You get expert care for your high risk pregnancy from our team of specially skilled and board-certified physicians. Contact us to learn more about how to manage your high risk pregnancy.

High Risk Pregnancy  Q & A

What causes a high risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is most commonly diagnosed due to maternal age. Women older than 35 or younger than 17 have an increased risk of pregnancy complications. Other factors that may cause your pregnancy to be deemed “high risk” include:

  • A history of miscarriage
  • A history of pregnancy or delivery complications
  • Maternal obesity
  • Multiple fetuses
  • Maternal health problems such as hypertension, kidney disease, or diabetes
  • Genetic factors
  • Lifestyle choices, such as smoking or drug use

Most high-risk pregnancies result in healthy babies and no health complications for the mother, but it’s best to be monitored closely to ensure a good outcome.

What special care do I need during a high-risk pregnancy?

Make sure you mention any of your health problems, such as autoimmune conditions or anemia, to the doctors to ensure you get the best possible care throughout your pregnancy. At High Risk Pregnancy Doctors, you get customized care and advice to keep yourself healthy when maternal and fetal health is a concern.

Usually, a high-risk pregnancy requires more frequent checkups and evaluations. You may also benefit from additional genetic screening and testing to identify your baby’s risk of developing genetic abnormalities. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease, you may receive medications and special monitoring throughout your pregnancy.

The team can also offer assistance in helping you quit if you smoke, drink, or use drugs.

How can I protect the health of my baby and myself?

The best way to keep both of you healthy is to attend all of your prenatal checkups and screening appointments. At these sessions, problems can be detected early should they arise. When they’re identified early, complications are usually easier to manage.

Good nutrition is important for both you and your growing baby. Maintain a healthy diet that contains proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, dairy, healthy fats, and whole grains. You only need about 200 extra calories a day to support your baby’s growth.

Maintain an active lifestyle as long as that’s cleared for your condition. The doctors offer recommendations as to what activities are safest for you at each stage of your pregnancy.

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