What is a high risk pregnancy?

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.
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.
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.

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What is meant by "high risk pregnancy?

Good question! Pregnancy is a high-risk condition for both mother and fetus; in fact the transition from fetal to neonatal life is the most dangerous period for any individual and the pregnancy and puerperium present specific challenges to maternal health and life. Only post-hoc can one characterize any given pregnancy as unremarkable; prospectively all pregnancies are at high risk for complications! Read more...
Threat 2 mom or baby. The term high=risk has been applied in many ways to many pregnancies, causing much anxiety for women 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. Lmk if links needed. Read more...

What are the tests for high risk pregnancy?

It depends... ... On why your pregnancy is high risk. Ask your doctor to explain what tests are being ordered and why. Read more...

What are the risks of a high risk pregnancy from antiphospholipid?

APLAs. The presence of aplas or antiphospholipid antibodies increases the risk of fetal growth retardation and fetal death in utero. They also increase the risk of deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, and arterial thrombosis. Women who have aplas are usually treated with anticoagulants, for example lovenox, (enoxaparin) during and after the pregnancy. Read more...
Many and severe. Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome is very rare but very severe when it occurs during pregnancy. It can lead to fetal loss, poor fetal growth, severe preeclampsia, require preterm birth and cause maternal thromboembolism, stroke or even death from coagulation disorders. Maternal-fetal medical care is required at experienced hands. Read more...

What symptoms can be associated with high risk pregnancy?

Many. High risk pregnancy can run the gambit. It can be from diabetes to hypertension to fetal problems. So there is no easy list of symptoms, too many to count would probably be the right answer. This would depend on a consultation with your doctor. Read more...

What care can I get for high risk pregnancy with medicaid?

Excellent. At most hospitals and practices that take medicaid, you will get the best care. Most people do not care what insurance you have. They do what is best for you and the baby. Read more...

My daughter is a high risk pregnancy. May I ask questions here about her, such as, what is her risk of an abnormal baby at 40?

YES,BUT. But a much better idea would be to ask these questions of her ob/gyn. He would have all the history of her specific problem. Part of giving a detailed answer would also be the physical exam and any testing. This obviously can not be done online. In person would be the best. Read more...
~1%. Most 40-year olds have ~1% risk for down syndrome baby. Other risks that increase with maternal age: c-section, infertility, miscarriage, preeclampsia, diabetes mellitus, abnormal fetal growth (too little or too much) and stillbirth. Still, the vast majority of 40-year olds will have healthy babies to take home. Read more...
Half empty/half full. Your concern is certainly common when a woman has a high risk pregnancy but the term is a bit overused.Every pregnancy has an underlying risk of about 4% of having an unexpected outcome.That includes all premature, birth injury.birth defect, neonatal infection, etc. That's why it is best to get good prenatal care. The age thing adds another 1%, but is that really too much ? Read more...

Wife has high risk pregnancy wife is 10 weeks pregnant and the dr told her today she is a high risk pregnancy. She has a incompentent cervix that is small and short and told her without a cervix stitch she would most likely (90 %)lose the child. We are wo

A . A cerclage is a stitch placed in an "incompetent" cervix. The outcome of treatment of incompetent cervix is generally excellent. From the date of your posting, i suspect you have already had this done or soon will have. Read more...
Cerclage. Given the information presented, a cerclage is prudent. If you are worried, ask to be sent to a high risk OB doctor (mfm) for a second opinion. Read more...