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what is a high risk pregnancy?

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Dr. Felecia Dawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Pregnancy w/illness: Pretty much anything out of the ordinary will make your pregnancy high risk. This includes being 35 or older, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, fibroids, previous cesarean section, thyroid disease, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, previous stillborn, history of preterm labor, and the list goes on. Your OB will take care of you with the help of a perinatologist to keep you and your baby safe.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Some complications may require visits with a perinatologist or extra testing in the early part of pregnancy. Many may require special weekly monitoring of the baby during the final 2 months of pregnancy and delivery prior to the actual due date.
Jan 1, 2012
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Threat 2 mom or baby: The term high-risk pregnancy has been applied in many ways to many patients, causing much anxiety for them and their families. As a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist, I have seen thousands of patients with that designation and tried to put things in perspective for them. In the simplest terms, such a pregnancy is one at higher than average risk for adverse outcome for mom or baby.
Dr. Alison Stuebe
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Un-routine: Pregnancy is a normal part of life -- but if something out-of-the ordinary happens, then a pregnancy may become high risk. Sometimes, a mom has a medical problem before she gets pregnant, and in other cases, a mom begins having labor too early, or develops high blood pressure. High risk doctors work together with a team of providers to improve care.
Dr. Guy VanDell
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Not a easy answer: There are too many different conditions that can cause a high risk pregnancy to answer here, but some big ones are fetal problems, and also maternal complications such as diabetes and hypertesnion.
Dr. Alison Stuebe
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Un-routine: Pregnancy is a normal part of life -- but if something out-of-the ordinary happens, then a pregnancy may become high risk. Sometimes, a mom has a medical problem before she gets pregnant, and in other cases, a mom begins having labor too early, or develops high blood pressure. High risk doctors work together with a team of providers to improve care.

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