Safety Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy

Hearing your pregnancy is high-risk can be scary, but there’s a lot you can do to keep you and your baby safe throughout every month. Being under age 17 or over age 35, carrying excess body weight, chronic health problems, and family history of pregnancy complications are all reasons your doctor may consider your pregnancy high-risk. But none of these issues mean complications are inevitable. Following your providers’ instructions can go a long way, and many high-risk pregnancies go very smoothly. 

Learn more about high-risk pregnancy by calling Centennial OBGYN PA or contacting us through our website. Our expert team would love to assist you throughout your pregnancy journey.

Safety tips for high-risk pregnancy signs

The most important steps you can take during your high-risk pregnancy are to stay informed and in touch with your doctor, making sure to follow any specific guidelines they provide. Learning about possible warning signs so you know when to call your doctor can help.

Notify your doctor about extreme morning sickness 

Also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, intense nausea and vomiting can lead to dehydration, which is risky for you and your baby. Let your healthcare provider know if you have difficulty keeping food and fluids down. You might benefit from specialized nutrition and hydration support. 

Bring support to checkups 

Medical exams and ultrasounds can be a bit more stressful when you have a high-risk pregnancy. Bringing someone along, or having someone else drive you, can help keep you relaxed. It’s also helpful to have safe transportation to and from appointments if you feel nervous beforehand or afterward.

Know your medical history

Personal medical history plays a big role in determining risk levels for various conditions and diseases. If muscular dystrophy, diabetes, or cystic fibrosis runs in your or our partner’s family, for example, your doctor can pay special attention to these risk factors. Your doctor can provide specialized tests and closely monitor specific warning signs.

Notice anemia symptoms

Anemia is a condition in which your iron levels drop below healthy levels, making it difficult for oxygen-rich blood to flow to your brain. Symptoms may include dizziness, extreme fatigue, leg cramps, insomnia, and shortness of breath. If you’re diagnosed with anemia, your provider might recommend dietary changes or supplements.

Get familiar with premature labor signs

A lot can be done to address premature labor, and the sooner you seek care, the better off you and your baby will be. Possible signs you’re going into labor too soon include:

If any of these symptoms crop up, contact our office promptly so we can help stop labor, if needed, through medication or a procedure.

If you’d like to ensure that you do all can to keep you and your little one safe through your pregnancy, contact Centennial OBGYN PA today by at 972-947-2281.

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