High Risk Pregnancy
We always hope for an uneventful pregnancy but in reality no pregnancy is completely risk-free.
There are certain situations, however, where there is an increased risk of complications to the mother, the baby, or both.
When this occurs, it is very important to have the pregnancy managed and cared for by an expert perinatologist to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.
The team at Maternal Resources are experts at helping manage high-risk pregnancies
Obstetricians who specialize in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) have the expertise and experience to handle virtually any issue that may develop during the course of the pregnancy. While it does not mean that you cannot have a perfectly healthy pregnancy if you have one or more of these conditions, it is very important to speak with a specialist both before and during pregnancy.
- RISK FACTORS
- High blood pressure, Diabetes, Autoimmune diseases, Kidney, heart, or lung disease, Advanced Maternal Age (over 35 yrs old), Gastrointestinal disorders, Neurological disorders, Vaginal Twins & Multiples, Vaginal Breech, VBAC and VBAC2, Later Childbearing (women over 40), External Cephalic Version, High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy, Cerclage & Pre-term Labor Management, Uterine Anomalies, Fibroids in Pregnancy, Placenta Previa, Diabetes in Pregnancy, Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Amniocentesis and CVS, Nausea and Vomiting (Hyperemesis), Preeclampsia, Placental abruption, Shoulder dystocia, Uterine rupture, Prolapsed cord, and Postpartum Hemorrhage
The team at Maternal Resources are experts at helping manage high-risk pregnancies to create a safer pregnancy for both mother and baby. If you have risk factors that can increase the chance of a high-risk pregnancy, it is important to take precautions and find expert care as soon as you can.
Maternal Resources provides information, testing and assistance from experienced and compassionate medical experts to help you through every step in your pregnancy.
High Risk Pregnancy Q & A
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
While no pregnancy is completely risk-free, most follow a similar course. However, there are certain situations where there is an increased risk of complications to either the mother, the baby, or both. When this occurs, it is very important to have the pregnancy managed and cared for by an expert to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.
What are the risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy?
There are many factors that can make pregnancy riskier. One of the more commonly discussed risk factors is the age of the mother. While it is very possible and becoming more common to have a child after the age of 35, this can lead to some increased risk. In addition, the following conditions can lead to increased risk during pregnancy:
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases
- HIV or other STDs
- Kidney, heart, or lung disease
While it does not mean that you cannot have a perfectly healthy pregnancy if you have one or more of these conditions, it is very important to speak with a specialist both before and during pregnancy. The team at Maternal Resources are experts at helping manage high-risk pregnancies to create a safer pregnancy for both mother and baby.
What complications can occur as a result of a high-risk pregnancy?
While there are many complications that can occur, the following are some of the most common:
- Gestational diabetes
- Premature labor
- Fetal problems
- Placenta previa
While these conditions can be managed, it is very important to work with your specialist throughout your pregnancy. The team at Maternal Resources are experienced at providing their high-risk patients with expert medical care in a holistic and nurturing way throughout the entire process.
What can be done to minimize the risk?
Often times, certain simple steps can be taken to minimize the risk of pregnancy and prevent complications. These include:
- Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
- Avoiding drinking, smoking, or drugs not prescribed by your physician
- Regular physical exercise as directed by a physician
- Regular check-ups with the team at Maternal Resources
- Taking folate supplements before and during pregnancy
Even if you have one or more risk factors, taking proper care of yourself both before and during pregnancy can lower your chances of developing complications.
If you would like to learn more about high-risk pregnancy and what the team of doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas at Maternal Resources can do to manage your risk, call or go online today to schedule an appointment.