What Constitutes a High-Risk Pregnancy?

Learning your pregnancy is considered high-risk can bring up a lot of questions about your health and the development of your

The board-certified medical team at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group is fully equipped to see you through a healthy, happy pregnancy. While the skilled physicians always aim for a complication-free pregnancy, they also know that every expectant mother has different needs.

If you have underlying health issues or other factors that can impact a healthy pregnancy, you may be classified as having a high-risk pregnancy. The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group staff are specially trained in high-risk scenarios and offer comprehensive and compassionate care that focuses on the issues that make your pregnancy high-risk.

High-risk factors that influence pregnancy

Simply put, a high-risk pregnancy is any pregnancy where you or the health of your baby are at increased risk for health, development, or delivery complications. Some of the most common factors that can suggest a pregnancy is high-risk include:

Chronic medical conditions

For many women, this may involve having an underlying chronic health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

You may also have issues with a pregnancy if you’re obese or underweight when you become pregnant.

Previous pregnancy complications

If you have other children and experienced a difficult pregnancy or complications during childbirth, you may be considered high-risk for this pregnancy.

Existing pregnancy issues

As your pregnancy progresses, you may develop health issues directly related to your condition. 

Common complications that relate to pregnancy in women of any age include gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, a condition that raises your blood pressure to unsafe levels.

Multiple babies

Carrying more than one baby may put you on the high-risk pregnancy list. Even if you’re healthy and your babies are developing on track, you may need the extra care and attention, especially as you approach your due date.

Your age

Women who are age 35 and older are often considered a high-risk because of increased risk factors for birth defects and the likelihood for a premature birth.

Becoming pregnant at an older age many also increase your risk if carrying multiple babies.

Unhealthy lifestyle factors

If you use tobacco products, illegal drugs, or alcohol before or during your pregnancy, you may need the specialized pregnancy care provided in high-risk situations.

These lifestyle choices not only can have an impact on your overall health, but they can also affect your baby’s health and development, especially if you continue using these substances.

High-risk just means a higher level of attention is needed

Hearing a diagnosis of a high-risk pregnancy may, at first, be overwhelming and frightening. 

However, classifying your pregnancy as high-risk generally just means you and your baby need additional attention from The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group and not that you’re at risk of losing your baby.

Women considered high-risk will likely need to schedule more frequent appointments to ensure the pregnancy is progressing as it should and that existing complications aren’t affecting the mother or child.

The medical team can also provide the support you need, emotionally and mentally, as you move through your pregnancy and experience the many changes occurring within your body.

By monitoring you every step of the way, your team at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group can quickly identify issues that may interfere with a healthy pregnancy, so treatment can begin promptly.

Under the care of the skilled OB/GYNs, you can rest assured that you’re well cared for and don’t have to put yourself through unnecessary stress. To learn more about the services available for high-risk pregnancies, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group today.

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