What is High Risk Pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy can present challenges before, during and/or after your baby is delivered. If you experience a high-risk pregnancy, you and your baby may need specialized care throughout the term of your pregnancy.
What Are High Risk Pregnancy Factors?
As an OBGYN for high risk pregnancies, with over 11,000 deliveries and over 40 years of practice, Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker wants you to understand what increases your chances of a high-risk pregnancy, and what you can do to take care of yourself and your baby.
In some cases, a high-risk pregnancy is the result of a medical condition that was present prior to conception. In other cases, a medical disorder that arises during pregnancy (for either the mother or child) makes the pregnancy high-risk.
Some High Risk Pregnancy Factors Include:
- Age: Pregnancy risks are higher for mothers who are 35 or older
- Lifestyle: Smoking, drinking and using drugs can put a pregnancy at risk
- Medical history: A previous pregnancy with problems may increase the risk for later pregnancies
- Underlying conditions. Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can result in a high-risk pregnancy. According to your ObGyn Corpus Christi, a blood condition, infection or a mental health issue can increase pregnancy risks
- Various difficulties that arise during the pregnancy can pose risks. These include problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta, or severe morning sickness that continues into the second trimester
- Multiple pregnancies. Pregnancy risks rise for women who are carrying twins or higher order multiples
- Overdue pregnancy. You may experience additional risks if your pregnancy continues too far past the estimated due date
If you’re pregnant – or thinking of becoming pregnant – and are in need of a reputable and personable ObGyn, Corpus Christi, TX residents rely on the professional and caring staff at Innovations in Women’s Health under the direction of gynecologic surgeon Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker.
Don’t wait – call us today at 361-929-7088 to schedule your confidential consultation.