What Defines a High-Risk Pregnancy


Pregnancy is a time of profound change, anticipation, and, for many, a period of increased vulnerability. For some women, certain factors can elevate the stakes, transforming what is ordinarily a natural process into a high-risk pregnancy.

Understanding what constitutes a high-risk pregnancy is crucial for anticipating the care you might need and finding the proper support, especially for those seeking a specialized high-risk OBGYN.

What Makes a Pregnancy High-Risk?

Maternal Age: Age plays a significant role in pregnancy health. Women under 17 or over 35 face higher risks due to potential health complications that can affect both mother and child.
Pre-existing Health Conditions: Chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease can make pregnancy more complicated, necessitating closer monitoring and specialized care.
Lifestyle Factors: Smoking, substance abuse, and obesity significantly increase the risk for a range of complications, making it essential to address  these issues as early as possible.
Multiple Pregnancies: The joy of expecting twins or more can also come with increased risks, making careful surveillance and management of the pregnancy vital.
Gestational Diabetes and Preeclampsia: These conditions can arise during pregnancy, leading to high blood sugar levels or dangerously high blood pressure, respectively, and requiring immediate attention.
Problems With the Baby: Conditions affecting the fetus, such as birth defects, genetic issues, or growth restrictions, classify a pregnancy as high-risk.
Previous Pregnancy Complications: A history of preterm births, miscarriages, or preeclampsia places subsequent pregnancies at higher risk.
Infections During Pregnancy: Certain infections can pose severe risks to the developing fetus, making prevention and timely treatment critical.
Inadequate Prenatal Care: Regular prenatal visits are crucial for preventing and managing potential complications. Skipping these appointments can lead to undetected and unmanaged risks.


How to Navigate a High-Risk Pregnancy

Finding the Right Care: If you’re at risk, finding a high-risk OBGYN who understands your unique needs is paramount. Specialists in maternal-fetal medicine are equipped to provide the specialized care you and your baby need.
Regular Monitoring: Frequent visits to your healthcare provider are essential for monitoring your and your baby’s health, adjusting care plans as needed, and addressing any concerns promptly.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Following a healthy diet, quitting smoking and substance use, and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly mitigate risks associated with lifestyle factors. Staying Informed: Educate yourself about your conditions and the possible implications for your pregnancy. Knowledge is power, and understanding your situation can help you make informed decisions about your care.
Seeking Support: Emotional and practical support from family, friends, and possibly professional counseling can make a significant difference in your overall well-being during a high-risk pregnancy.

High-Risk OBGYN Care at TWC

If you recognize any of the factors mentioned above in your pregnancy, or if you have concerns about potentially having a high-risk pregnancy, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with an OB provider at The Woman’s Clinic.

Our team dedicates itself to providing you with the highest level of care, tailored specifically to your needs and those of your baby. Our affiliation with Mississippi Baptist Medical Center allows

us to offer 24 hour care with a board certified Obstetrician, anesthesia, subspecialists, and critical care units for both mom and baby, if ever needed. While we always hope for an uneventful pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period, this can change quickly and unexpectedly. Being at a facility that is ready to take care of you and your baby is paramount! All doctors at The Woman’s Clinic monitor our patients closely to determine if you are high risk.

In the event that you are, our providers are ready to help you every step of the way…with our ultimate goal of a healthy mother and baby!

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