How to safely handle a high risk pregnancy

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy occurs when there is a greater risk of complications during gestation, labor, and delivery. Most women that experience high-risk pregnancies go on to deliver a healthy baby!

Women who are pregnant with multiples or are 35 or older and pregnant benefit greatly from extra monitoring during their pregnancies.

Other issues that may make our pregnancy high-risk include:

  • High blood pressure, asthma, or obesity
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Maternal lifestyle factors (ex: smoking, alcohol use, or drug use)
  • History of pregnancy complications
  • Maternal age of 17 or younger

Expect more than the usual

Your pregnancy care is highly personalized to you and your baby (or babies) needs! Your high-risk status may be determined on your first prenatal visit or may develop during the course of your pregnancy.

Depending on your needs, you can expect the following:

  • Comprehensive lab tests and screenings
  • More frequent prenatal check-ups
  • Specialized and targeted ultrasounds
  • Amniocentesis 
    • A small procedure used to test a small sample of the amniotic fluid (the fluid that protects the fetus from injury).

Frequent check-ups

The frequency of your visits is largely determined by your situation. You may have more ultrasounds than the typical ones at weeks 12 and 20. Your provider will explain any additional testing or screenings thoroughly to understand what you can expect during the procedure and results.

Noticed an abnormality with your physical health? Have you searched on the web and found nothing but a bunch of confusing answers? A well-woman exam allows for the perfect time to point out any abnormalities and get the answers you need.

Your doctor will be glad to help you understand what is going on with your body. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call today.

Focus on self-care

Your physical and mental health are extremely important when it comes to having a happy and healthy pregnancy. Be sure to take extra time to relax when necessary. Treat yourself to a nice warm bath, or set aside some down-time to relax your muscles. You deserve it!

There is a correlation between stress and disease, so having a healthy relationship with your stress is going to improve the overall experience of the pregnancy.

High-risk pregnancies can be difficult, but Yorktown Health is here to help you every step of the way! Book your appointment online or call to schedule today.

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