High-risk pregnancies (also known as high-risk obstetrics) tend to come with more challenges and dangers than normal pregnancies. You will need to visit your OB-GYN more often and undergo more testing than during a typical pregnancy to check up on your health and the health of your baby. Click on the conditions below to learn more about high-risk obstetrics:
What is a high-risk pregnancy? There are several different conditions that fall into this category, including:
- Pregnancy over age 35
- Substance use during pregnancy (alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs)
- Past pregnancy complications or C-section delivery
- Multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Diabetes, hypertension, anemia, and other illnesses
Carrying a high-risk pregnancy can be challenging and stressful at times. You may have lots of questions and concerns about the progress of your pregnancy. With diligent and compassionate care, your OB-GYN can help you avoid complications before, during, and after delivery, and give you the best chances for a healthy outcome for mom and baby.
If you smoke or use other substances, you should quit. Your doctor may recommend special supplements or medications, or you may need to exercise more or get more rest.