High-Risk Pregnancies


 


Great care for high-risk pregnancy

High-risk pregnancy sounds more ominous to most people than it really is. There are many reasons why a pregnancy is considered high-risk. With careful management from your ob/gyn, you can deliver a healthy baby even in high-risk situations. Among the many things can make a pregnancy “high-risk”:

  • Alcohol, drug abuse or smoking
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal genetic conditions (Down’s syndrome, heart, lung and kidney problems)
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Chickenpox
  • Rubella
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Syphilis infections
  • Heart valve problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Lupus


Age under 17 or over 35

  • Previous multiple birth(s)
  • Previous miscarriage(s)
  • Problematic previous pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sickle cell diseases
  • Use of lithium, Dilantin, Depakene, Tegretol or generic variations

If you are expecting twins or triplets, you pregnancy is automatically classified as high-risk. It’s simply because those pregnancies are a bit more complicated to manage. Older pregnant women, over the age of 35, are also automatically classified as high risk. And having diabetes is classified as high-risk because women with diabetes must carefully monitor and control their blood sugar levels and their diabetes medications throughout pregnancy.

If you are diabetic and you want to get pregnant, there are also steps you can take to reduce risk for you and your baby. At the Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners, GA, our experienced ob/gyn specialists can help you have a healthy pregnancy despite the risk factors.

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