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High Risk Pregnancy Specialist

The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Brooklyn, NY & Staten Island, NY

Being responsible for the life of another human makes pregnancy daunting enough, but throw in risk factors for complications, and you should seek specialized care. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, trust the expert OB/GYNs at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group to help keep any potential complications under control. Women in Park Slope, Bay Ridge, and Staten Island, New York, who think they may have high-risk pregnancies can call the office or book an appointment online to receive the best in prenatal care.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy describes any pregnancy in which the mother and/or baby have a greater risk of experiencing complications. Issues that make a pregnancy high risk include:

  • Advanced maternal age (35 or older)
  • Multiple babies, such as twins or triplets
  • Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or lupus
  • Problems or complications in a previous pregnancy
  • Complications that arise during this pregnancy, including gestational diabetes or preeclampsia

If you were underweight or overweight before getting pregnant, or you take illegal drugs, smoke tobacco, or have a drinking problem, your pregnancy is also considered high risk.

How does prenatal care change with a high-risk pregnancy?

The doctors at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group will most likely ask you to come in more regularly for prenatal visits if your pregnancy is deemed high risk. How your care differs really depends on the nature of your condition.

You may be discouraged from having a home birth if your type of high-risk pregnancy can lead to a greater chance of problems during labor. The doctors discuss your birthing options with you, keeping your health and your baby’s health as their primary goals.

How can I ensure my baby’s health and my health during a high-risk pregnancy?

If you’re of advanced maternal age or have an existing medical condition, schedule a preconception visit with the team at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group before getting pregnant. This isn’t always possible, but it can help you understand what to expect when you do become pregnant. You can also start the important steps -- such as eating a healthy diet, reducing alcohol intake, and taking prenatal vitamins -- before you try to conceive.

Other strategies that can help if you’re in a high-risk category include:

  • Attending all of your scheduled prenatal visits
  • Gaining the recommended amount of weight
  • Staying active, as suggested by your doctors
  • Preserving your emotional health

The team at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group is available to help you at every stage of your pregnancy. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or concerns as your pregnancy progresses.

If you fall into a high-risk category for pregnancy, call the office of The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group or book an appointment online prior to getting pregnant or as soon as you think you’re carrying a baby.