High Risk Obstetrics Q & A
What is a High-Risk Pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy in which the mother or the baby is at a higher risk of complications. High-risk pregnancies require more medical attention and may involve restrictions for the mother.
What Makes a Pregnancy High-Risk?
You may have a high-risk pregnancy if:
- You’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes
- You’re carrying more than one baby
- You’re over the age of 35
- You’ve had multiple miscarriages
- You have a history of pregnancy complications
- You have certain health conditions or take certain medications
If you aren’t sure whether you should be considered high risk, talk to the team at OB/GYN Specialists of South Miami.
What are the Possible Complications of a High-Risk Pregnancy?
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may be at a higher risk of almost any pregnancy complication, including preterm labor, preeclampsia, birth defects, and stillbirth. The purpose of high-risk pregnancy care is to reduce the risk of these complications and provide prompt treatment if complications occur.
How are High-Risk Pregnancies Managed?
The management of a high-risk pregnancy depends on the issues that make the pregnancy high risk. For many women, being high risk means more frequent appointments with their obstetrician. However, other women with high-risk pregnancies may need to take medication, undergo more extensive testing than most pregnant women, or follow certain restrictions with regard to food or activity.
When Should Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Call the Doctor?
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you should call your doctor any time you experience a worrisome symptom, such as vaginal bleeding or pain. You should also pay attention to any symptoms related to your specific condition. For example, if you have gestational diabetes, you should call the doctor if you have a serious fluctuation in blood sugar.
How Can Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Reduce the Risk of Complications?
To prevent complications in a high-risk pregnancy, follow all of your doctor’s instructions carefully. Call the doctor with any questions or concerns, and keep all of your recommended appointments.