What is a High-Risk PregnancY?
At any time during pregnancy, you may have a complication or medical condition because of the changes occurring in your body with a developing fetus. Preexisting medical conditions may also be a concern during pregnancy. At Essential Women's Health Associates in Las Vegas, NV, we will screen for the following conditions or medical concerns:
- Autoimmune diseases that chronically attack the body within itself, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, and more
- Blood disorders of any kind
- Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes (before pregnancy or during pregnancy only — also known as gestational diabetes)
- Excessive swelling of the hands, legs, and feet
- High-risk lifestyle (alcohol or substance abuse)
- HIV+ or AIDS
- Hormonal imbalance
- Over the age of 35
- Preeclampsia (high blood pressure only during pregnancy)
- Reproductive organ abnormalities
- Sexually transmitted infections or diseases
- Stressful home and/or work environment
- Thyroid disease or disorders
When your OBGYN considers your pregnancy to be high-risk, it means that we just want to keep an extra close eye on your health and well-being of your baby.
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Do you test for high risk pregnancies?
Besides the regular testing and screening we do for pregnant women, your OBGYN may ask for in-depth imaging, advanced testing, and/or more lab work if you are in a high-risk category during pregnancy. You will receive the personal care you deserve as the need arises.
Sometimes, our high-risk pregnancy patients will be limited to how long she can work before the delivery, be on a special diet, be on bed rest, or be admitted into the hospital for precautionary measures.
What to do during a high risk pregnancy
When you have a high-risk pregnancy or are on the verge of one, there are some things you can do to reduce your risks:
- Adhere to a special diet or nutritional supplements to keep you and your baby healthy
- Stay on top of your doctor visits (especially for prenatal care)
- Do your best to eat well and ease into the weight gain of pregnancy
- Take your medications and supplements as directed by your OBGYN
- Get in exercise when it is appropriate for your condition
- Try not to gain too much weight during your pregnancy because it will be harder on your body now and after delivery
- No drinking, smoking, or using illegal substances
- Above all else, follow all of the recommendations by your OBGYN
We are here to support you
The outstanding medical team at Essential Women's Health Associates is here to be a support for you during your pregnancy. Our high-risk pregnancy services are available for any women with a medical condition that may impact the pregnancy, are of advanced maternal age, and more. If your OBGYN feels that your pregnancy is at risk, then we will take the steps necessary to help you have a successful pregnancy to term.