Every mother-to-be deserves to feel the fullness of her excitement. Hearing that the pregnancy may be high-risk can diminish that. We want to discuss this issue with you here.
What is a High-Risk Pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy can occur anytime; the first pregnancy, second, or fifth. The term does not indicate that a mother is guaranteed to experience complications, fortunately. It does not mean the baby will suffer birth defects. It doesn’t mean that the mother will have a difficult pregnancy or birthing process. The term “high-risk” encompasses quite a lot, actually. It may be used for a pregnancy in which the mother had a medical condition before she became pregnant. It may be used when the obstetrician feels that the mother or baby may be more prone to health problems during the pregnancy or after birth.
Factors that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Multiple pregnancies; twins, triplets
- Advanced maternal age
What to Expect During a High-Risk Pregnancy
Expect to boost your healthy lifestyle.
Pregnant women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy are often encouraged to keep close track of their health. Doing so can decrease the chances of concerning health conditions developing during pregnancy. Depending on the factors involved in the pregnancy, a doctor may prescribe specific instructions, such as limiting activity or avoiding weight gain.
Expect frequent check-ups.
Women who are carrying more than one fetus may visit their doctor more often due to an increased risk of complications. Likewise, visits may occur more frequently for women with pre-existing diabetes or gestational diabetes.
Expect special tests.
In addition to routine prenatal screening tests, women in a high-risk pregnancy may undergo supplemental tests such as the following:
- Amniocentesis. This test involves taking a small amount of fluid from the amniotic sac. The purpose is to screen for potential genetic abnormalities or defects.
- Laboratory tests. Screenings for STDs, UTI, or other conditions may be scheduled as needed.
- Cervical length ultrasound. This ultrasound screening measures cervical length to determine the risk of preterm labor.
- Targeted ultrasound. This screening may be done to closely observe the fetus for abnormal developments or defects.
High-Risk Pregnancy Care in a Friendly Atmosphere
Our offices in Kettering and Englewood, OH have been designed for comfort and confidence. Having a high-risk pregnancy can be stressful. We do all that we can to ease families’ minds and reduce the anxiety that can go along with potential complications. Consulting with a specialist experienced in managing all types of pregnancies can ease unnecessary stress.