Coping with High-Risk Pregnancies

The moment when you discover that you’re pregnant, it seems as though an endless stream of thoughts starts to run through your mind.

When will the baby be born? Boy or girl? Will I be ready? How will my pregnancy go? And the thoughts and questions go on and on…

However, one thought that can be a little scary to consider is—how will you cope if a high-risk pregnancy occurs?

High-risk pregnancies occur when there are potential complications that could affect the mother and/ or baby. Risk factors that could put you in this category include:

  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Age (especially if you are older than 35)
  • Medical conditions that develop during pregnancy
  • Preexisting medical conditions
  • Underweight or overweight
  • Previous miscarriage

Because all pregnancies require the expert care of an OBGYN, it’s important to schedule regular check-ups and follow the guidelines your doctor sets to maintain a healthy pregnancy. If your pregnancy suddenly takes a turn in the risky direction, Mountain View Hospital is prepared.

Our hospital works directly with the MountainStar Maternal-Fetal Medicine team to offer exclusive care for women who are hospitalized for a pregnancy related emergency.

Yet, we don’t recommend waiting for an emergency to happen. If you’re trying to become pregnant it’s best to see your OBGYN beforehand to ensure that you’re in good preconception health.

However, if you do fall into the category of a high-risk pregnancy, don’t stress.  These easy tips, alongside our specialized team, will help you cope and deliver a healthy, happy baby.

  • Expect more visits to the doctor than a woman who does not have a high-risk pregnancy
  • You may have more ultrasounds
  • Regular blood pressure checks
  • Urine tests
  • Tests for genetic problems
  • Medication for diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure
  • Talk to your doctor about where they would like you deliver
  • Anticipate that you may have to deliver early
  • Take folic acid daily. Experts recommend that you take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.
  • Watch for symptoms such as:
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Severe vaginal bleeding or vaginal leaking
    • Severe pain in your belly or pelvis
    • Sudden swelling of your face, hands, or feet
    • New vision problems
    • Severe headaches or fever
    • You notice your baby has stopped moving or is moving much less

 

 

 

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