What Is A High-Risk Pregnancy?
A pregnancy is called high-risk if the mother or the baby in in risk or in other words, there are more chances of a health problem to any of two. Not a single thing is responsible for it, but many things can put you at high risk. Being called “high-risk” may sound scary to a patient or any person, but it is the way by which a gynecologist can pay more attention during your pregnancy.
When we call it High Risk Pregnancy, we watch closely to it during your pregnancy to find any problems earlier and provide the effective and best solution. Such as slowed growth for the baby, preterm labor, preeclampsia, and problems with the placenta are the conditions put you and your baby at a higher risk. It should also be noted that being at high risk never implies a lady is in high risk or baby will have problems.
In general, your pregnancy may be high-risk if, you have any of the below listed health issues:
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Your age is below 17 years or more than 35 years
- You smoke or consume alcohol or illegal drugs
- If it is a multiple pregnancy case
- You had three or more miscarriages.
- Your baby has been found to have a genetic condition
- You are taking certain medicines, such as lithium, phenytoin (such as Dilantin).
- You have an infection, such as HIV or hepatitis C.
- Preeclampsia or seizures (eclampsia)
Other health problems also can make your pregnancy at high-risk. These health problems include heart valve problems, asthma, lupus, sickle cell disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you are pregnant and you are suffering from any of the above disease, then you must talk to your family doctor.
How will your doctor care for you during your pregnancy?
As compared to a normal pregnant woman, you will have more visits to a gynaecologist and she will take care you and bay very well. You may have more ultrasound tests to analyze and make sure the bay inside is healthy and in a good position and growing well. Your blood pressure tests will be done time to time and your urine examination will also done on regular basis.
If you are suffering from any disease such as diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure, your doctor will prescribe some medicine to control it and make sure, you live a normal life. Also, if anytime you need the doctor’s help she/he will provide you support.