A high-risk pregnancy is reason to take extra precautions to ensure the health of both mom and baby.
A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the health of mom and/or baby is in more danger of being compromised than is typical in an average pregnancy. Factors that can contribute to a high-risk pregnancy include:
- a mom-to-be being age 35 or older
- being obese
- being a smoker
- having a history of miscarriage
- having a history of delivering preterm
- having a health condition such as diabetes
- being pregnant with multiples and other circumstances
If your pregnancy is considered high risk, there are some precautions you can take.
See your doctor for prenatal care. Regular checkups and screenings are a good way to monitor your health and the health of your developing baby. Prenatal care is an important part of any pregnancy, but even more so in a high-risk situation.
Make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to avoiding unsafe foods, your doctor may give you other lifestyle advice such as recommending you limit or avoid caffeine or cautioning you against excessive weight gain.
Consider the risks and benefits associated with tests. Your doctor may suggest tests beyond the typical pregnancy screenings such as specialized ultrasounds, an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations. He or she will let you know if it’s safe for you to exercise, acceptable for you to travel, if bed rest is advised and more.
To learn more about having a healthy pregnancy including how to register for childbirth education classes, talk with your doctor, visit Women’sLink online or call us at 972-519-1251.