A high-risk pregnancy involves any health issues that may put the mother or child at risk. Patients who have extremely high blood pressure during pregnancy must be closely monitored, and the same is true for those who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Patients who smoke, consume alcohol, or are HIV positive may also be considered high risk. Multiple miscarriages, infertility, and other reproductive health concerns may also be high risk flags for expecting mothers.
If the ultrasound shows any type of abnormality on behalf of the fetus, Dr. Roberts will closely monitor the health of both the mother and the child to ensure both remain healthy throughout the rest of the pregnancy.
What measures are taken to protect the mother and child during a high-risk pregnancy?
Dr. Roberts can take a variety of measures on behalf of the mother and child to ensure a safe and uneventful pregnancy. If he determines there’s a high level of risk, Dr. Roberts will evaluate the risk and implement all the necessary measures.
If the gestational diabetes is the problem, he may recommend the use of insulin in addition to dietary changes that help to bring the mother's blood glucose levels under control. With hypertension or a past history of miscarriage, Dr. Roberts may recommend limited activity or even bed rest if the condition is severe enough. Prenatal visits may be scheduled on a bi-weekly basis to allow for better monitoring of the patient's health.
A Cesarean section is normally recommended when the health of the mother or child is jeopardized in some way. For example, Dr. Roberts may opt for a C-section if:
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