What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is one that has a greater risk of complications during gestation, labor, and delivery. Most women with high-risk pregnancies go on to experience a healthy nine months of pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.
High-risk pregnancies do benefit from extra monitoring during the prenatal period. At Yorktown Health, the team is experienced in supporting women who are pregnant with multiples or who are 35 or older and pregnant.
Other issues that make your pregnancy high risk include:
- Existing maternal health conditions like high blood pressure, asthma, or obesity
- Gestational diabetes
- Maternal lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol use, or drug use
- A history of pregnancy complications
- Maternal age of 17 or younger
Come see the professionals at Yorktown Health if you’ve experienced recurrent pregnancy loss in the past or have any other concerns about your pregnancy. The practice has experienced providers who are especially responsive to patient needs.
What is included in high-risk pregnancy care?
Your pregnancy care is highly personalized to your needs and to those of your baby (or babies). Your high-risk status may be determined at your first prenatal visit or may develop during the course of your pregnancy.
Depending on your specific needs, you can look forward to:
- Comprehensive lab tests and screenings
- More frequent prenatal check-ups
- Specialized and targeted ultrasounds
You may also benefit from noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which can evaluate your baby’s risk of being born with genetic abnormalities. This screening test involves a simple blood draw, but can give you lots of information about any possible risks your baby faces.
How frequent are high-risk pregnancy check-ups?
The schedule for your visits is largely determined by your particular circumstances and your personal concerns. A regular prenatal schedule includes monthly checks for weeks 8-28, biweekly appointments from week 29 through 36, and weekly appointments until delivery.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, the frequency of these visits will likely increase. Plus, you may have more than just the typical ultrasound at weeks 12 and 20. If you need additional screenings or tests, your provider explains them thoroughly so you understand exactly what to expect during the procedure and from the results.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, trust the team at Yorktown Health to provide the support your needs. Call for an appointment or use the online tool to schedule.