Some women are at a higher risk for complications during pregnancy than others. Our Dallas high risk pregnancy doctors will manage your health – and your baby’s – with compassionate obstetric care: before, during and after your pregnancy.
Risk Factors for a High Risk Pregnancy
The number one factor contributing to a high-risk pregnancy is a previous history of complications and/or miscarriages. A variety of medical conditions can cause your obstetric physician to manage your pregnancy as high-risk, including:
- Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, thyroid disorders, kidney disease, asthma, heart disease, seizure disorder, autoimmune disorders and personal history of cancer
- Age (very young, or 35 and over), underweight or overweight
- History of or current diagnosis of gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia
- Multiples (twins, triplets or more)
- Prior pregnancy losses or prior preterm birth
- Uterine anomalies or uterine fibroids
- Teratogen exposure (such as certain prescription medications, narcotics, illicit drugs and alcohol)
Management and Treatment of High Risk Pregnancy
The high-risk obstetrics doctors at Women’s Health Specialists will evaluate and treat any issues that arise during your pregnancy. Ultrasound can help us understand more about the health, anatomy, and optimal delivery timing of your baby (or babies). Consultations with Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists are often performed for high risk pregnancies. Some complications may require bed rest or hospitalization, buying the time your fetus needs to develop more fully.