Pregnancy Low & High risk

Low and High Risk Pregnancy

We offer complete obstetrical services, including the management of normal (low risk) pregnancies and high risk pregnancies. We will guide you through all the stages of pregnancy and monitor your baby's development. Comprehensive ultrasounds are performed in our office by an experienced sonographer. Early genetic testing is offered to every mother-to-be; which is recommended to everyone but can be declined. Genetic tests show the chance that a fetus has certain genetic disorders.

What is a high risk pregnancy?

Your pregnancy is categorized as high risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of a health problem. Pregnancy causes added emotional and physical stress on a woman's body. Health problems that a woman has before she becomes pregnant or problems developed during pregnancy increases the likelihood for a high-risk pregnancy. Many things can put you at risk during pregnant. Risk factors for a high risk pregnancy include but aren't limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Use alcohol, illegal drugs, or you smoke
  • You are younger than 17 or older than 35
  • More than one fetus (multiple pregnancy)
  • Have had three or more miscarriages
  • You had a problem in a past pregnancy
  • You have an infection, such as HIV or Hepatitis C
  • You are taking certain medicines

How will your doctor care for you during your pregnancy?

Being categorized as "high risk" may sound scary, but it's just a way the doctor ensures that you get special attention during your pregnancy. Your doctor will watch you closely during your pregnancy to find any problems early. You will most likely have more visits to the doctor than a woman who does not have a high risk pregnancy. You may also have more ultrasounds to make sure that your baby is growing well. It's important to remember that being at high risk doesn't mean that you or your baby will have problems.