High Risk Pregnancy

High Risk Pregnancy Specialist
While many pregnancies follow the normal course and go fairly smoothly, sometimes there are factors that increase the risk of complications to both mother and child. When this occurs, it is important to make sure that you are in the hands of a knowledgeable and caring provider. The team of doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas at Integrative Obstetrics in Hackensack and Jersey City, New Jersey, are committed to providing their expecting mothers the best care possible. Call the practice today to find out more or book your appointment online.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

While no pregnancy is completely risk-free, most follow a similar course. However, there are certain situations where there is an increased risk of complications to either the mother, the baby, or both. When this occurs, it is very important to have the pregnancy managed and cared for by an expert to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.

What are the risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy?

There are many factors that can make pregnancy riskier. One of the more commonly discussed risk factors is the age of the mother. While it is very possible and becoming more common to have a child after the age of 35, this can lead to some increased risk. In addition, the following conditions can lead to increased risk during pregnancy:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • HIV or other STDs
  • Kidney, heart, or lung disease

While it does not mean that you cannot have a perfectly healthy pregnancy if you have one or more of these conditions, it is very important to speak with a specialist both before and during pregnancy. The team at Integrative Obstetrics are experts at helping manage high-risk pregnancies to create a safer pregnancy for both mother and baby.

What complications can occur as a result of a high-risk pregnancy?

While there are many complications that can occur, the following are some of the most common:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Premature labor
  • Fetal problems
  • Placenta previa

While these conditions can be managed, it is very important to work with your specialist throughout your pregnancy. The team at Integrative Obstetrics are experienced at providing their high-risk patients with expert medical care in a holistic and nurturing way throughout the entire process.

What can be done to minimize the risk?

Often times, certain simple steps can be taken to minimize the risk of pregnancy and prevent complications. These include:

  • Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Avoiding drinking, smoking, or drugs not prescribed by your physician
  • Regular physical exercise as directed by a physician
  • Regular check-ups with the team at Integrative Obstetrics
  • Taking folate supplements before and during pregnancy

Even if you have one or more risk factors, taking proper care of yourself both before and during pregnancy can lower your chances of developing complications.

If you would like to learn more about high-risk pregnancy and what the team of doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas at Integrative Obstetrics can do to manage your risk, call or go online today to schedule an appointment.

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