High Risk Obstetrics

Commonly termed as High-risk Pregnancy, it is one that involves increased health risks for the pregnant person, fetus or both, for instance being over 35 or under 17 when pregnant can make a pregnancy high risk. High risk obstetrics require close monitoring to reduce the chance of complications.

What causes high-risk pregnancy?

  • Pre-existing health conditions
  • Pregnancy-related health conditions
  • Lifestyle factors including addictions and exposure to toxins
  • Age (being over 35 or under 17 when pregnant)

How to diagnose a High Risk Pregnancy?

Getting early and thorough prenatal care is critical, and possibly the only way to detect and diagnose a high-risk pregnancy. Keep our experts informed about your health history and any past pregnancies. If you do have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need special monitoring throughout your pregnancy.

Following tests may be recommended by our experts to monitor the health of the fetus:

  • Blood and urine testing to check for genetic conditions or certain birth defects
  • Ultrasonography, that screens for congenital conditions
  • Biophysical Profile, which monitors the breathing, movements and amniotic fluid using ultrasound, and a non-stress test, which monitors the fetus’s heart rate

How to manage a High Risk Pregnancy?

Managing will depend on specific risk factors. Our experts may recommend a care plan that includes:

  • Closer follow-ups
  • Consultation with a maternal fetal medicine specialist
  • More ultrasounds and closer fetal evaluation
  • Home blood pressure monitoring
  • Careful monitoring of medications to manage pre-existing conditions

If your health or the health of the fetus is in danger, your healthcare provider may recommend a C-section.

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