High Risk Pregnancy

While many pregnancies follow the normal course and go fairly smoothly, sometimes there are factors that increase the risk of complications to both mother and child. When this occurs, it is important to make sure that you are in the hands of a knowledgeable and caring provider.

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
  • Diabetes
  • 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.

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:   

  • Preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Premature labo
  • Fetal problems
  • Placenta previa

While these conditions can be managed, it is very important to work with your specialist throughout your pregnancy.

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 Integrative Obstetrics
  • 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, call or go online today to schedule an appointment.

What is a birth plan?

Once Doctor confirms your pregnancy, start thinking about what you want from the birth experience. She supports your wishes and goals for childbirth and does everything possible to make your birth plan work while always making yours and your baby’s health the top priority.

These questions help you create your birth plan:

  • Who do you want to be with you during labor and delivery?
  • Do you want to work with a doula?
  • Do you want to nurse right away?
  • Do you want to try different positions during labor?
  • Do you want to use natural pain relief methods?
  • Do you want pain medication?
  • How do you feel about a cesarean birth?

It’s important to remember that even if you’ve expressed your birth preferences, flexibility is necessary when changes are made to protect you and your unborn baby.

At JN Obstetrics &Gynecology and her staff are honored to share this extraordinary time in your life.