What can I expect in a high risk pregnancy?
A pregnancy can be considered high-risk for a variety of reasons.
It is a condition that puts the mother, the developing fetus, or both at a higher than normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth.
Maternal (mother) factors that may put a pregnancy at high-risk may include age, weight, previous stillbirth, preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, pre-existing illness such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney or heart disease, and medication exposures.
A woman with a high-risk pregnancy will need closer monitoring than the average pregnant woman. This will require more frequent visits and testing in the pregnancy. These test are designed to tract the original condition, survey for complications, and make decisions regarding continued care.
Our physicians at Stark Women’s Center are qualified to provide you with the care needed during this time to ensure a safe and healthy outcome for both mother and baby.
Obstetrical care at Stark Women’s Center includes not only medical attention, but educational and emotional support as well. Specially trained nurse practitioners work hand-in-hand with our doctors and patients through every phase of prenatal care.
Normal pregnancies involve a monthly visit for the first six months and more frequent visits during the last three months. High-risk pregnancies require more intensive monitoring and more frequent visits.
With a doctor on call in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you may rest assured that one of our physicians will be with you during active labor – monitoring you and your baby every step of the way.
A Diagnostic Ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to examine a pregnancy or pelvic structures. This exam can also be performed on the breast. Examples of why this test is done in pregnancy is to look for problems such as an ectopic pregnancy, identify problems with the placenta, uterus, cervix, and ovaries and identify any developmental problems. Breast ultrasounds can detect cysts, fibroadenomas-noncancerous solid growths, lipomas-fatty lumps, and breast cancer.
Ultrasound techniques appear to be safe, and there is no documented risk to women or their developing babies. Ultrasound does not involve radiation. These are scheduled office procedures performed by certified ultrasound technicians.