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By MISSISSIPPI MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE
December 01, 2016
Category: Health

Find out what factors are involved in determining whether you have a high-risk pregnancy.

It can be all too exciting the moment you see the strip turn pink. While we certainly wish that all pregnancies were easy, unfortunately, high risk pregnancythere are just some women who experience high-risk pregnancies. From the office of our Jackson, MS Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Robert Naef, III, find out what makes a pregnancy high-risk.

So, what exactly does high risk mean for a pregnancy?

This means your obstetrician has performed the proper exams, has discussed your medical history and has determined that you or your baby may be more susceptible to health issues during your pregnancy. If this is the case, you can be referred to Dr. Naef for proper treatment and monitoring.

What could make my pregnancy a high risk?

There are quite a few factors that go into determining whether you might have a high-risk pregnancy or not. You may have a high-risk pregnancy if you have these health issues:

  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Heart valve problems
  • Asthma
  • Lupus
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Conditions that can cause a woman to have a high-risk pregnancy include if:

  • She is under 17 years old or older than 35 years old
  • She is pregnant with multiple babies
  • She has had three or more miscarriages
  • She’s had issues with preterm labor, seizures or preeclampsia in past pregnancies
  • She is taking certain medications

If I have one or more of these factors what should I do?

When you come into our office for your first visit, it’s important that you talk to us about any preexisting medical conditions you have. You will have more doctor's visits than someone who doesn’t have a high-risk pregnancy. Of course, saying your pregnancy is high risk can be unsettling, but it’s really just a way for us to make sure that you get the special care you need throughout your pregnancy so that both mom and baby are healthy.   

Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS is here to make sure that you get the care you need every step of the way during your pregnancy. Call us today to schedule your next visit.