Pregnancies are classified as high-risk when the mother, developing fetus or both are at an increased risk of developing complications during or after pregnancy and delivery. It is imperative that such women and their babies are closely monitored and cared for during pregnancy. It is important to know what causes a high-risk pregnancy and take the correct steps to manage it at the right time.
Causes of high-risk pregnancy
The causes of high-risk pregnancies can be mother-related, foetal-related, or pregnancy-related. They are:
Signs and Symptoms:
Upon learning you are pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the possibility of a high-risk pregnancy. Discuss all pre-existing medical conditions, their management, as well as possible consequences of the same on labour and delivery. Here are some signs and symptoms of high-risk pregnancy:
Dizziness or loss of consciousness
Unbearable abdominal or pelvic pain
Vaginal fluid leaks from your body
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Diagnosis of high-risk pregnancy:
You will be prescribed by your doctor one or more of the below-mentioned tests to identify high-risk pregnancies:
Ultrasounds - Targeted ultrasounds can produce images of your child in the womb, and can be used to check for things like fetal abnormalities.
Blood Testing - A routine blood test can also detect high-risk pregnancy causes like gestational hypertension. You and your baby can be at risk if this occurs and will need to be monitored and treated during pregnancy.
Urinalysis- This test can detect the presence of excess protein in the urine, which can be used to diagnose conditions such as preeclampsia.
Management of high-risk pregnancy:
Management of a high-risk pregnancy usually depends on its underlying causes and symptoms. Frequent follow-ups with your doctor and routine check-ups are essential throughout the pregnancy in case of high-risk pregnancies.The following are some common methods of treating high-risk pregnancies:
Gestational Diabetes- Regular glucose monitoring is recommended and medications are given to regulate glucose levels. Pregnant mothers should also follow a diet-plan to control glucose levels in the body.
High blood pressure- Anti-hypertensives (blood pressure lowering medications) are prescribed. This condition can also be treated with lifestyle changes such as limiting salt intake and exercising regularly.
Foetal-related factors- Close monitoring of foetal growth and progress is done till the delivery.
Why choose CARE Hospitals for high-risk pregnancies?
High-risk pregnancies require expert care as there is a greater chance of a health crisis for both you and your baby. We, at CARE Hospitals, are well-equipped with expert doctors who are highly-experienced obstetricians and gynaecologists and doctors who also specialised in maternal-foetal medicine to provide the best care for every high-risk pregnancy situation. We have state-of-the-art infrastructure which can help you detect any problems in advance during your pregnancy, thereby initiating prompt management and treatment. Our experts at CARE Hospitals will always provide you and your child with the highest quality of care. We provide:
A detailed fetal image to diagnose medical abnormalities using advanced imaging techniques and plan appropriate treatment strategies.
Treatment during pregnancy and ensure a positive long-term outcome for the unborn, setting up a personalized care plan before and after delivery and the new-born period
Pre-natal education on high-risk deliveries and postnatal care in order to prepare you for the next step of the pregnancy, while supporting and minimizing mother and family stress.
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