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Please share a tip on some do's and don'ts with regard to high risk pregnancy.

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An: An incompetent cervix is treated before or during 1st trimester by doing a cerclage, a tvc or a tac.

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Regular: Regular eye exams are a must for pregnant diabetics.

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Dr. Michael Dugan answered

Specializes in Hematology

Watch: Watch your blood pressure carefully, high blood pressure can be a sign of serious issues.

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Avoid: Avoid all alcohol/drug use when trying to conceive, in case you do get pregnant.

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Dr. Jeffrey Keenan answered

Specializes in Fertility Medicine

PCOS: Pcos affects fertility and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

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For: For those ttc under 40 & over 35 no more than 4 intra uterine insemination cycles are recommended.

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Dr. Victor Beshay answered

Specializes in Fertility Medicine

Seek: Seek evaluation if cannot get pregnant after 1 year of trying or after 6 months if over 35 yrs old.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Good: Good control of your blood sugar will increase the chance that you and your baby will stay healthy!

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Gestational: Gestational diabetes? Daily physical activity is essential for health. Take a walk. Try yoga. Dance.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

If: If you had preeclampsia, make sure you are at a healthy weight before conceiving again.

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If: If you have medical issues, make sure that you are in good health before becoming pregnant.

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Make: Make sure you are being followed by a perinatologist in addition to your OB doctor.

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Make: Make sure you are followed by a perinatologist and that you deliver at a hospital with a level 3 nursery.

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Obtain: Obtain early prenatal care. Typically, the earlier one is seen by a health care provider the better.

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Dr. Liza Kunz answered

Understand: Understand your risks. Create a plan with your doc so you know what tests/treatments are required.

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Dr. Liza Kunz answered

Get: Get control of your chronic medical problems before you conceive. Preconception control improves outcomes.

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Dr. Liza Kunz answered

Progesterone: Progesterone supplementation may reduce the risk of subsequent preterm birth by 30%.

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To: To manage a high risk pregnancy, see a perinatologist and do what he/she advises.

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

All: All pregnancies are potentially high risk conditions; be healthy, and have a normal weight.

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Do: Do keep all prenatal care appointments and consultations/tests; don't see general obstetrician/cnm.

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Serial: Serial ultrasounds, Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily, healthy diet, mild exercise, maternal fetal medicine care!

Answered 6/25/2014

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Dr. Miguel Cano answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Find: Find out who the l&d rns see for their high risk pregnancies.... That's who you want to see also!

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Just: Just because you are high risk doesn't mean you need a c-section.

Answered 1/19/2014

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A: A high risk pregnancy should be co-managed with a perinatologist or a high risk obstetrician.

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Dr. Liza Kunz answered

Work: Work with your doctor to establish a plan, so you understand what to expect and common complications.

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If: If diabetic: get blood sugar levels in normal range & have thyroid checked to prevent miscarriage or defect.

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If: If at all possible in your area, hook yourself up with a maternal-fetal medicine (mfm) specialist.

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Dr. Thalia Lopez answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Make: Make sure you are seeing a board certified ob/gyn. Management is crucial for good outcomes.

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If: If your legs start swelling, check your blood pressure and notify your doctor if it is elevated.

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If: If you experience an unusual headache, check your blood pressure, if elevated it could be preecclampsia.

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If: If your urine is foamy or looks like soap suds, contact your ob! this could be a sign of preeclampsia.

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Eat: Eat well. Control weight, bp, sugar. Don't smoke or drink! see your doc regularly!

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Dr. Daniel Cabot answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

See: See your obstetrician every 2 weeks! be honest about any issues affecting your health or the fetus's.

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Dr. Daniel Cabot answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If you are opioid dependent, use Buprenorphine (subutex) instead of methadone. Baby does way better.

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Dr. Daniel Cabot answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If: If domestic abuse, tell your clinic! this is when the most resources are available to treat it!

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Dr. Daniel Kessler answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Screening: Screening for diabetes and high blood pressure and controlling them prior to pregnancy is a must!

Answered 1/18/2014

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Avoid: Avoid the temptation to ignore some advice from your doctor.

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Good: Good prenatal care will decrease the risk.

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Don't: Don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol in excess. Don't gain more than 10 kg during pregnancy.

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Do:: Do: stay active ; reduce stressors ; eat well.

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Do: Do find the best neonatologist and neonatal icu. Dont just stop with the delivery but what is next.

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Make: Make sure that if you are high risk, you will deliver in a hospital with a level 3 nursery or nicu.

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Dr. Rixt Luikenaar answered

Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology

More: More visits/check ups including fetal monitoring/ultrasound. Asking your participation in your care.

Answered 1/21/2017

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Dr. Rixt Luikenaar answered

Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Listen: Listen to your doctor, ask questions. Don't drink/smoke/gain over 35 lbs. Go to your appointments.

Answered 2/7/2014

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Dr. Rixt Luikenaar answered

Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Be: Be informed and proactive, listen to your doctor. Ask questions about your condition, be compliant.

Answered 1/12/2014

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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

If: Myth: if pregnant do not reach up over your head because the cord can strangle the baby.

Answered 7/25/2014

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

It: Myth: it means there will be difficulties, regardless of special attention and care provided.

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Gain: Gain weight wisely, seek prenatal care regularly, avoid risky substances, and eat healthy.

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Dr. Daniel Kessler answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Make: Make sure that blood pressure and diabetes are well controlled before, during, and after pregnancy.

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Dr. Daniel Kessler answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Do: Do not have uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes as the effects can be serious for mom/child.

Answered 9/24/2013

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Take: Take 800mcg of Folic Acid every day to prevent or decrease neural tube defects!

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Dr. Daniel Kessler answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Maintain: Maintain excellent diabetes and blood pressure control before, during, and after pregnancy!

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Consult: Consult a specialist in "maternal-fetal medicine" if you have a high risk pregnancy.

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Follow: Follow your doctor's advice! get your lab tests performed when ordered. Take your medicines.

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Consult: Consult with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Different risk factors have different management.

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Avoid: Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs; manage any chronic illness closely; avoid risky behaviors.

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DO:avoid: Do: avoid risky behavior; manage any illnesses; get emotional support; let go of anything you can.

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Prepare: Prepare a bag to go in a moments notice. Have and practice what you would do if you needed to go.

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Ask: Ask about ob-gyn's experienced in high risk pregnancy. Follow your doc's advice.

Answered 8/12/2013

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Get: Get all prenatal check up on time, get appropriate vaccines, have a helthy life style, avoid stress.

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Do's:: Do's: get all prenatal check up as schedule, have healthy life style, and take prenatal vitamins.

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Most: Most important recommendations are good blood pressure and blood sugar control.

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Follow: Follow your doc's advice and miss no appointments. Report any concerns immediately.

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If: If thinking high risk pregnancy, see maternal-fetal medicine specialist 3-6 months before conception.

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Consult: Consult with a specialist in maternal fetal medicine. They are experts in high risk obstetrics.

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Exercise: Exercise and starting at a healthy weight are great ways to prevent pregnancy complications.

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Do: Do keep a diary of your symptoms to share with you're doctor. Don't skip any appointments!

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Best: Best tip to manage high risk pregnancy is not to get pregnant. If you do then decrease all stress!

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Close: Close follow up with an obstetrician, and avoiding medicines unless absolutely necessary.

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High: High risk pregnancy? Make every doctor appointment as things can go from great to problem quickly.

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Stop: Stop smoking, don't drink alcohol and don't use illegal drugs.

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Plan: Plan your pregnancy. Start Folic Acid prior to pregnancy. See your doctor before pregnancy.

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If: If you are diabetic, get your diabetes under control before getting pregnant. Same for hypertensio.

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Stay: Stay healthy, don't become overweight, see your gyn regularly to hopefully avoid becoming hi risk.

Answered 8/20/2013

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Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

After: After a high risk pregnancy it is important to fight the urge to become an overprotective parent.

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High: High risk pregnancies should be managed by an ob/gyn...Ask about referral to maternal-fetal medicine.

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Being: Being at a healthy weight makes a huge difference preventing a high risk pregnancy.

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Don't: Don't complicate things - avoid smoking, drugs & drinking. Follow your doc's advice exactly.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Don't: Don't smoke or drink, even in moderation. Don't glance over even any small symptoms. Get it checked.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Don't: Don't drink or smoke, even in moderation. Don't dismiss any small symptoms.

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Dr. Jie Xu answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Keep: Keep chronic medical conditions under good control before conceiving, e.g. Diabetes or hypertension.

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Don't: Don't take a vacation without making sure proper care would be available.

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Don't: Don't smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs while pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Keep: Keep blood pressure under control. Follow doctor's orders carefully.

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Dr. Harold Peltan answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Don't: Don't keep smoking crack while telling yourself that you can always quit later.

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See: See an OB prior to pregnancy to reduce what risks you can and to get an accurate idea of how to mng.

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Do: Do your best to optimize your health prior to pregnancy.

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Seek: Seek expert care and follow up as directed. Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle throughout preg.

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Some: Some people believe that there is nothing they can do to reduce their risk, which is untrue.

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High: High risk pregnancy require more frequent monitoring with appropriate instructions.

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Don't: Don't drink alcohol and don't smoke ! stay away from secondhand smoke !

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Get: Get all your vaccinations before you conceive. If you are already pregnant, get your flu vaccine too.

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Eat: Eat healthy foods. Avoid hi fat & fried foods. Take a multivitamin with 400mcg Folic Acid daily.

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Don't: Don't take any medicines or supplements without checking with your hcp first !

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Every: Every week of pregnancy counts. It's best to stay pregnant until at least 39 weeks !

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Be: Be sure your obstetrician is experienced in your type of high risk pregnancy.

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Do: Do follow doctors orders and take your prenatal vitamins . Keep spots. With specialists if needed

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Be: Be in the best health possible prior to getting pregnant and if possible not over early 30's in age.

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Dr. Marsha Davis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

High: High risk pregnancies can't have a normal delivery.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

High: High risk pregnancies can benefit from specialist consultation with maternal fetal medicine.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Avoid: Avoid smoking and substance abuse during pregnancy to decrease your risk of a high risk pregnancy.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Management: Management of a high risk pregnancy is a concerted effort with you, your doctor and your support.

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Do: Do eat a healthy and balanced diet. Don't smoke during pregnancy.

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Dr. Eyal Simchi answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Reduce: Reduce stress and increase rest as much as possible.

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Seek: Seek the care of specialists and deliver at a hospital with a neonatal icu.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

You: You have little control over the degree of risk during your pregnancy, just get good prenatal care.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Follow: Follow your doctors instructions for the best outcome with a high risk pregnancy.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Don't: Don't make matters worse, follow your doctor's directions.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Outcomes: Outcomes with high risk pregnancies are best when you are compliant with your doctors orders.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham answered

Specializes in American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Many: Many high risk pregnancies are not preventable without avoiding pregnancy itself. Get good care.

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Regular: Regular check ups, healthy eating and prenatal vitamins might help better outcome.

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Dr. Tracy Berg answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Know: Know your risk, embrace your risk, lower your risk, work with your docs.

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Dr. Randy Stevens answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Meet: Meet the high risk team prior to getting pregnant and get your concerns addressed.

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Smoking,: Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs are absolute no-no's during pregnancy.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Consider: Consider before becoming pregnant. Babies needing adoptive parents are an alternative you might do.

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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Good: Good prenatal care may prevent a high ridk pregnancy.

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GET: Get lots of support. Get a therapist and a psychiatrist, as high risk for perinatal mood and anxiety.

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Dr. Gena Kluwe answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Maximize: Maximize control of chronic diseases before conception and seek OB followup early!

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Follow: Follow docs regularly and try as best as you can to keep medical conditions under good control.

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It: It depends but you should see a perinatologist, also called mfm (maternal-fetal medicine) specialist.

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A: A myth is that risk cannot be reduced. With good care, pregnancy outcomes can really be improved!

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Exercise: Exercise and eat healthy and meditate daily to keep your stress level down and follow up often.

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Major: Major causes of perinatal mortality / morbidity: iugr, toxemia, prematurity, and congenial anomalies.

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Dr. Joseph Ginski answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Getting: Getting in with a high risk maternal fetal medicine group is most important.

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Follow: Follow your doctors instructions. Depending on why you are high risk will depend on what you need

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Between: Between 2% and 7% of all children have adhd. In school-age children, it occurs more in boys than in.

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Problem: Problem behaviors are the symptoms, usually in a child younger than 7.

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If: If you are high risk, please make sure you are being followed by a perinatologist as well as your ob.

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Make: Make sure to floss regularly...Will help prevent cavities a.D keep gums healthy!

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Don't: Don't fret, eat right, get your rest, enjoy the time and keep in touch with your doctor.

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

Eat: Eat healthy esp. During pregnancy: more folic acid, calcium, iron and other essential nutrients.

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Dr. Latoya Stephens answered

Specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ignore: Obesity is risky in pregnancy! if you are considering pregnancy, consider losing weight first.

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Ignore: Any pregnancy can become high risk. Seek care with board certified ob/gyn.

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Ignore: Optimize all medical issues before becoming pregnant and seek prenatal counseling with an ob/gyn.

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Dr. Peter Karsant answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Ignore: Rest, eat well, work less, listen to your OB and more importantly listen to your body.

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Ignore: High risk does not always mean something is wrong with baby or mother. Just needs close monitoring.

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Ignore: Few high risks are preventable. Pregnancy late in life, smoking, alcohol, illicit drugs.

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Ignore: Regular follow up with OB and keep a diary of all your questions for the physician.

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Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

Ignore: Good choices: no alcohol no smoking watch weight, regular checkups.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Don't smoke, drink (even a tiny bit), and avoid caffeine. Take prenatal vitamins too.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Don't smoke, drink (even a tiny bit), and avoid caffeine. Take prenatal vitamins too.

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Dr. Tod Haller answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ignore: Some people think a small amount of alcohol is ok, but it's not! studies proved it.

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Ignore: Put your baby first. Your job can wait. Your family can wait. The baby inside you needs you.

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Ignore: Discuss known ; potential risks with the obgyn on first prenatal visit ; follow recommendations.

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Ignore: Eat a balanced healthy diet or take Folic Acid 1-2 months before conceiving.

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Ignore: More visits to the doctor; more ultrasound;regular b.P. Check;urine tests for protein ; uti; no etoh.

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Ignore: Planning for pregnancy before trying to get pregnant;optimize physical ;mental health;learn about pr.

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Ignore: Do's: keep doctor's visit; take prenatal vitamins; learn risk factors. Don'ts: no alcohol, drugs, cig.

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Ignore: Be positive, and get second opinions when necessary.

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Ignore: It depends on what is causing the high risk. The answer varies according to the cause.

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Dr. Merrick Elias answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Ignore: See your perinatologist regularly and follow the instructions provided to you from your OB as well.

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Ignore: Why high risk ? Any "tip" requires knowing the reason you are at greater that usual risk.

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Ignore: Do keep your appointments with both your perinatologist and your OB for successful co-management.

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