Our Austin obgyns carefully monitor your high risk pregnancy
When there are complications during your pregnancy that may affect your health or your baby’s, you have a high risk pregnancy. You need a physician who will provide special, individualized care and monitoring to ensure the best possible pregnancy, labor and delivery. Our Austin obgyns will work closely with you, providing counseling and testing along with more frequent appointments, to help us keep your pregnancy on track.
High risk pregnancy factors can be classified into four groups
Many factors may cause a high risk pregnancy. We are experts in managing them all.
Existing health conditions
If you have chronic health problems or conditions prior to becoming pregnant, your pregnancy will be monitored for complications.
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Thyroid disease
- Blood clotting problems
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Previous uterine surgery
If a woman is on the older-end or younger-end of her reproductive years, she may be a high risk pregnancy patient.
Older mothers who are experiencing their first pregnancy after age 35 will be monitored as high risk pregnancy patients. These women have a higher risk for C-sections; labors lasting 20 hours or longer; gestational diabetes; pre-eclampsia; delivery complications; and giving birth to infants who have genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. Women 40 and older have an increased risk of stillbirth that require monitoring at the end of pregnancy and delivery by their due date.
Teens are also high risk pregnancy patients. They are more likely to develop anemia; experience preterm labor; develop high blood pressure; and are less likely to receive regular prenatal care.
These high risk pregnancy factors are the ones that women can control by making good choices concerning smoking, alcohol use and recreational drug use. Our Austin obgyns understand that this can be difficult, and we are here to help. We encourage you to discuss lifestyle and high risk pregnancy with us at your preconception planning appointment or your first prenatal visit.
High risk pregnancy conditions can cause complications for mother and baby. When women have gestational diabetes, we monitor them closely and prescribe a diet and treatment plan so that the condition is manageable. Preeclampsia occurs at week 20 or later in the pregnancy, when blood pressure increases suddenly. Eclampsia is a more serious problem. Both conditions must be carefully monitored for mother and baby’s safety.
If a mother is pregnant with more than one baby, multiple gestation, she is at risk for preterm birth, low weight babies, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and cesarean section.
Our Austin obgyns provide the care and attention you need during pregnancy, labor and delivery
During your high risk pregnancy, we offer complete obstetrics care, from in-house ultrasounds, fetal monitoring and lab testing to labor and delivery at Seton Medical Center, which has a NICU nursery that can care for babies born at 28 weeks or earlier.
You and your baby will be in good hands. For more information about high risk pregnancy care, contact us.