High Risk Pregnancy

published on: 15th march, 2021

Pregnant women under 17 or over 35 are considered high-risk pregnancies. Being pregnant with multiple babies. Having a history of complicated pregnancies, such as preterm labor, C-section, pregnancy loss or having a child with a birth defect. A family history of genetic conditions. Having a heart condition.

What steps can you take to promote a healthy pregnancy?

  • Schedule a preconception appointment
  • Seek regular prenatal care
  • Avoid risky substances. If you smoke, quit. Alcohol and illegal drugs are off-limits, too

Depending on the circumstances, your health care provider might recommend:

  • Specialized or targeted ultrasound
  • Prenatal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening
  • Invasive genetic screening
  • Ultrasound for cervical length
  • Lab tests
  • Biophysical profile

 What else do you need to know about high-risk pregnancy?

  • Headaches
  • Cramping in the lower abdomen
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Persistent nausea and dizziness
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Sudden or severe swelling in the face, hands or fingers
  • Fever or chills
  • Decreased fetal activity
  • Thoughts on self and baby harm

Tips to Prevent Having a High-Risk Pregnancy

  • Be informed on risks of older maternal age
  • Achieve healthy weight before pregnancy
  • Take vitamins before your pregnancy
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Manage pre-existing health conditions
  • Visit the doctor on regular base during pregnancy

 A high-risk pregnancy might have ups and downs. Do your best to stay healthy.

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