What you should know about high-risk pregnancies
The first question many patients ask is, “What makes a pregnancy high-risk?”
So here’s a list of things that may put your pregnancy in the high-risk category:
- Age: Pregnancy risk is higher if you are 35 or older.
- Lifestyle: Alcohol or drug use and smoking cigarettes can put a pregnancy at risk.
- History: Multiple C-section, previous uterine surgery, a low-birth-weight baby or a preterm birth in less than 37 weeks of pregnancy, fetal genetic condition, a family history of genetic conditions, a history of pregnancy loss or loss of a baby shortly after birth.
- Conditions: Diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, epilepsy, infection or other pre-existing medical conditions as well as an underlying mental health condition can increase your risk.
- Complications: Includes problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta, severe morning sickness past the first trimester, too much or too little amniotic fluid, restricted fetal growth or a potentially serious condition that can occur when your blood is Rh negative and your baby's blood is Rh positive.
- Twins: Pregnancy risks are higher with twins, triplets or any multiple birth.
With careful monitoring and management throughout your high-risk pregnancy, you can deliver a healthy baby. We work closely with high-risk maternal fetal medicine specialists and obstetrics specialists when necessary.
For more information regarding high-risk pregnancies, call ObGyn of East Brunswick at 732.254.1500 in East Brunswick or in Manalapan at 732.780.6970. For your convenience, you can also use our online form to schedule your appointment. Our obstetrics patients visit us from New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Monroe and East Brunswick in Middlesex County and Manalapan in Monmouth County, NJ.