High Risk Pregnancies
The majorty of pregnant women will not experience any significant problems during the time they are pregnant. Unfortunately, some women will be placed under the category of a high risk pregnancy if there are problems that raise a red flag for their caregiver. Finding out that you are considered high-risk can be scary, confusing and overwhelming.
There are a variety of reasons that a woman may be classified as high risk. Some common factors that would likely place a woman in the high risk category include:
There is no exact time to be diagnosed as high-risk. Your caregiver may feel that you are high-risk from the moment of conception or you may be labeled high risk at 38 weeks. You can be labeled a high risk patient anytime your doctor suspects a potential problem that may make the pregnancy or delivery complicated. Some doctors to not have the experience and/or education to care for a high risk mother. If this is the case, you will be referred to a specialist that deals with high risk pregnancies. If you are a high risk patient, your caregiver will generally want to see you more often and may order a variety of tests to monitor the well-being of your developing baby. Some common tests include non-stress tests, stress tests, blood tests, ultrasound examinations, amniocentesis, genetics testing and biophysical profiles. It is not uncommon to be prescribed medications and bedrest to treat some of the problems that are associated with high risk pregnancies.
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