What to do in a high-risk pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting time for an expecting mom, but what if your pregnancy is determined to be high risk?

What should you do?

A high-risk pregnancy threatens the life of a mother and her baby.  It often requires specialized care from specially trained providers.

That’s where Signature Medical Group comes in. You can trust our knowledgeable OB/GYNs to guide you through the proper steps in prenatal care to ensure that you and your baby will stay as healthy as possible.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) says some pregnancies become high risk as they progress, while some women are at increased risk for complications even before they become pregnant.

Risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy, according to the NICHD, include:

  • Existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or being HIV-positive.
  • Overweight and obesity.  Obesity increases the risk for high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure with swelling of hands and feet), gestational diabetes, stillbirth, neural tube defects, and cesarean delivery. NICHD researchers have found that obesity can raise infants’ risk of heart problems at birth by 15 percent.
  • Multiple births. The risk of complications is higher in women carrying more than one fetus (twins and higher-order multiples). Common complications include pre-eclampsia, premature labor, and preterm birth.
  • Young or old maternal age. Pregnancy in teens and women age 35 or older increases the risk for pre-eclampsia and gestational high blood pressure.

At Signature Medical Group, our OB/GYNs will give you expert care for a variety of conditions. Make an appointment today and gain peace of mind with your pregnancy.

You can also learn more about pregnancy at upcoming childbirth classes sponsored by the Signature Maternity Care Home Program. In these classes, qualified childbirth instructors will help you with a variety of pregnancy-related topics, including high-risk pregnancies.