High-Risk Pregnancy Management
With a typical, full-term pregnancy, a woman goes into labor on or near her due date and gives birth to a healthy baby. But unfortunately not all pregnancies go smoothly. Some women experience what your ObGyn Chico refers to as a “high-risk” pregnancy.
A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are possible difficulties that could affect the mother, her baby, or both. High-risk pregnancies require management by your ObGyn Chico to ensure the best outcome for both the mother and baby.
Reasons that a pregnancy may be referred to as high-risk include:
Maternal Age. Women who are under age 17 or over age 35 when their baby is born are at greater risk of complications.
Medical conditions that exist before pregnancy. These include: high blood pressure; breathing, kidney, or heart problems; diabetes; autoimmune disease; sexually transmitted diseases; or chronic infections such as HIV.
Medical conditions that occur during pregnancy. Even if you’re healthy when you become pregnant, it’s possible to develop complications during pregnancy that can affect you and/or your baby. Two of the most common pregnancy-related problems your ObGyn Chico sees are preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
Pregnancy-related issues. Often a pregnancy is determined to be high-risk because of issues that are a result of the pregnancy itself and that have little to do with the mother’s health. These include premature labor, multiple births and placenta previa.
Fetal problems. These are often revealed on the patient’s ultrasound. Approximately 2% to 3% of all babies have a minor or major structural problem in their development stages. Sometimes there may be a family history of fetal problems, but other times these problems are completely unanticipated.
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