High Risks During Pregnancy


High Risks During Pregnancy

By the term high risk pregnancy it means that there are increase chances of health problems. This sounds scary, but the term is attached to the woman’s pregnancy so that she gets and pays special attention to pregnancy. Doctors keep eye on your progress of pregnancy and try and find problems in their early stage. High risk pregnancy is about potential risks and doesn’t actually mean that your baby or you have problems. Conditions such as preterm, preeclampsia, problems with placenta, slow growth of baby inside, etc.

Pregnancy can be high risk when ladies have health conditions like Diabetes, High Blood pressure, Cancer, Kidney disease, Epilepsy, Consumption of illegal drugs/ alcohol/ smoking.

  • Age factor – Pregnancy below 17 years or above 35 years involves fair amount of risks
  • History of miscarriages- and if it’s been three miscarriages then its high risk
  • Genetic disorders have been found in baby such as the Down syndrome
  • Fetus has problems in hearts, lungs and kidneys

Past Pregnancy Problems: Preeclampsia or eclampsia i.e. seizures, Preterm Labor, Having history of baby with genetic problem.

Infections: Infections during Pregnancy can make pregnancy high risk such as HIV, Hepatitis C, Rubella, Chickenpox, Syphilis, Toxoplasmosis and Cytomegalovirus. Medicines which you have to take are Lithium, Phenytoin, Dilantic, Valporic acid, Depakene, Carbamazepine and Tegretol.

Health problems in women: rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell disease, lupus, asthma, heart valve problem occur quite frequently. It’s better to talk to doctor about any health problems you have before getting pregnant.

Pregnancy Care

Care by doctors during the high risk pregnancy:

One thing is certain that woman with high risk of pregnancy have to visit more often for checkups to the doctor then other normal pregnancy cases. Also the ultrasound that is the sonography tests will be conducted more often to keep on check on the baby. And know the fact that ultrasound doesn’t affect your baby at all so please this is safe and it’s for you and your baby. Also you need to get regular check up of the blood pressure. Also get urine tested regularly, to see if there is any protein, which is sign of preeclampsia and also for urinary tract infections.

Doctor will also ask you to take tests for any genetic disorders in baby depending on your age as well as the history of past pregnancy.

And if you have health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, doctor will prescribe medicine which will be not harmful in pregnancy. Also you need to decide before hand as where you have to give birth, do as the doctor suggests. At times when baby is born, baby needs special care and for that hospital are better options then delivering at home. One another important thing is you need to trust your doctor; you may take second opinion but do as your doctor says. And if there is risk to baby’s health or to pregnant women you will have to deliver baby early.

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