Every woman wishes for a smooth pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery, whether she is planning or expecting the birth of her child. This is precisely what most people experience. Women, on the other hand, may encounter unforeseen obstacles and issues.
A high-risk pregnancy is when the mother and her fetus are more likely than usual to have complications.
Pregnancy-related variables may cause these hazards, or they may be caused by pre-existing maternal medical disorders such as age, smoking, drinking, and medications, a past medical history, certain genetic diseases, and repeated pregnancies. Pregnancy-related events may potentially result in high-risk status.
At KIMS Cuddles we have a broad, diversified team of experts that are leaders in their respective professions. We collaborate when it is necessary to help build care plans for high-risk patients in order to assist them in effectively navigating pregnancy.
What are the danger signs of a high-risk pregnancy?
The following factors may lead to a high-risk pregnancy:
- Maternal age is advanced: Mothers above 35 have more significant pregnancy risks.
- Lifestyle options: Smoking, consuming alcohol, and taking illicit substances can all endanger a pregnancy.
- Maternal health issues: Obesity, diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid illness, heart or blood diseases, poorly managed asthma, and infections can all raise the chance of pregnancy.
- Complications of pregnancy: Various issues that arise during pregnancy might be dangerous. An atypical placenta position, fetal development less than the 10th percentile for gestational age (fetal growth restriction), and rhesus (Rh) sensitization — a potentially fatal disease that can arise when your blood type is Rh negative, and your baby's blood group are Rh positive — are all examples.
- Multiple pregnancy: The dangers of pregnancy are increased for mothers carrying more than one foetus.
- Pregnancy history: Having a history of pregnancy-related hypertension problems, such as preeclampsia, raises the chances of getting this diagnosis during the following pregnancy. If you had a preterm birth in your previous pregnancy or have had several premature births, you are more likely to have another premature birth in your future pregnancy. Discuss your whole obstetric history with your health care physician.
What can I do to ensure a safe pregnancy?
Stick to the basics whether you know ahead of time that you'll have a high-risk pregnancy or wish to do everything you can to avoid a high-risk pregnancy. As an example:
- Make a preconception appointment: If you're thinking about getting pregnant, see your doctor. Before becoming pregnant, your doctor may encourage you to take a daily folic acid-containing prenatal vitamin and maintain a healthy weight. The doctor may modify your therapy to prepare for pregnancy if you have a medical condition. Your doctor may also discuss the risk of having a kid with a genetic disorder.
- Seek frequent prenatal care: Prenatal checks can assist your doctor in monitoring your and your baby's health. You might be directed to someone who specialises in maternal-fetal medicine, genetics, paediatrics, or another field.
- Avoid dangerous substances: Quit smoking if you smoke. Alcohol and illicit substances are also prohibited. Discuss any drugs or supplements you're taking with your doctor.
What more should I know about high-risk pregnancy?
Discuss with your doctor how to handle any medical concerns you may have throughout pregnancy and how your health may impact labor and delivery. Contact your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Vaginal bleeding or a watery discharge
- Extensive headaches
- Lower abdominal pain or cramping
- Fetal activity has decreased.
- Urination causes pain or burning.
- Vision changes, including blurred vision
- Swelling of the face, hands, or fingers that occurs suddenly or severely
- Chills or fever • Vomiting or severe nausea • Dizziness • Suspicion of hurting yourself or your child
- A high-risk pregnancy may have ups and downs. Keep a good attitude while you take action to support a healthy pregnancy.