Tips for Managing a High-Risk Pregnancy

The news of a high risk pregnancy can understandably create concern for expecting mothers and bring about lots of questions. Luckily the staff at Adriatica Women’s Health provides expert obstetric care for all types of pregnancies and we are committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of your baby.

A high-risk pregnancy defines a wide range of conditions. Many of them are related to preexisting conditions you may have had before becoming pregnant or conditions such as gestational diabetes that developed during pregnancy or delivery. If an OB/GYN at Adriatica determines you meet the conditions for a high-risk pregnancy, you will be referred to a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist who will work together to monitor and treat your conditions.

High-risk pregnancies can include (but are not limited to):

  • Pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, hypertension or cancer.
  • Conditions developed during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, fetal heart abnormalities or genetic defects.
  • Genetic risks determined during preconception screening.
  • A pregnancy with twins, triplet or other multiples.
  • Some pregnancies over age 35.
  • Previous high-risk pregnancies, miscarriages or infant loss.

If you are facing a high-risk pregnancy it’s important to prepare yourself, have all the facts and prioritize your health. Here are a few tips for best outcomes as you navigate a high-risk pregnancy:

Get Support

Many women report that one of the most challenging aspects of a high-risk pregnancy is feelings of loneliness or isolation. It can be difficult to share your concerns with those who are not familiar with high-risk pregnancies or have not experienced one themselves. That’s why our team at Adriatica is here to ensure you feel supported throughout your entire pregnancy. Through our CenteringPregnancy model, we offer a community approach to prenatal care that allows you to connect with other moms-to-be and experts to exchange information, concerns and form supportive relationships.

Be Proactive

Understanding what is within your control and taking empowered action is an effective solution to promote healthy outcomes. One way to do this is to create a birth plan with your OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist. Your birth plan should consider where you plan to deliver your baby and whether that facility has a 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or higher. It’s important to understand the risks involved and create a birth plan that communicates with all providers.

Prioritize your Health and Wellness

Prioritizing your health and reducing stress are important during your pregnancy. This means eating a diet rich with nutrients and vitamins, reducing exposure to toxins and harmful environments, exercising if permitted, drinking lots of water and getting 8-10 hour of sleep per night. It’s important to slow down from daily activities and remove stressors that can have an adverse impact on your pregnancy.

Don’t neglect your mental health

If you are experiencing abnormal amounts of anxiety or struggling with depression, it may be time to see a specialist. Please know that you are not alone. Ask your OB/GYN or MFM for a mental health professional referral especially if these issues are impairing your ability to function or perform tasks.

At Adriatica Women’s Health, our board-certified physicians will provide the extra level of maternity care needed for high-risk pregnancies. We’re experienced doctors—and moms—and we’re proud to provide you with the advanced, compassionate obstetric care you need. Call 972-542-8884.

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