Welcoming a new member into your family is a very exciting and happy life event but it can also be stressful for the couple. Though specialized care is taken at every step while being pregnant, for some women, there are certain factors that can cause their pregnancies to be deemed as high risk pregnancy.
There are certain things you can do to prevent complications, such as a balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle and routine prenatal care but there are many other factors that may require more attention from your OB/GYN and require admission to our High-Risk Pregnancy Unit.
There are a number of situations that will make an obstetrician diagnose a pregnancy as high risk.
- Health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, clotting disorders, obese or underweight women, epilepsy, uterine malformation etc.
- Women who have had problems in previous pregnancies, that is to say, pregnancies with maternal or fetal conditions: delayed fetal growth, preeclampsia, previous fetal malformations, premature deliveries, intrauterine deaths, repeat miscarriages.
- Fetal or placental causes that arise in a current pregnancy: multiple-pregnancy, fetal malformation, delayed fetal growth, a threat of premature labor, placental insufficiency.
- Though it is not high risk, patients who have become pregnant after some kind of fertility treatment require specialized care.
Management of High-Risk Pregnancies requires an experienced team. It is necessary to manage these pregnancies very closely, with a specialized multidisciplinary team and using state of the art technology for the safety of both the mother and the baby. This is the reason why we have started a specialized until within our Obstetrics Department to take care of these kinds of pregnancies: the Unit for High-Risk Pregnancies. This unit is made up of obstetricians that are highly qualified and with proven experience in the management of maternal and fetal disorders