Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Atlanta, GA & Alpharetta, GA
Having a high-risk pregnancy doesn’t guarantee complications in pregnancy or childbirth, but it does mean you’ll need extra attention from your obstetrician. The board-certified providers at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Georgia, can monitor your and your baby’s health until and after you give birth. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
High Risk Pregnancy Q & A
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is any pregnancy that involves current or potential health issues for you or your baby. Pregnancy can also be high risk if there’s a great chance of early delivery or a miscarriage for any reason.
The obstetric team at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology has the necessary training and education to evaluate and manage high-risk pregnancies of all kinds.
They work with you closely to manage any existing health problems and invite you in for frequent visits to assess your fetal growth and development.
It’s important to note that having a high-risk pregnancy doesn’t mean you’ll experience challenges during the pregnancy or birth process. However, you’ll need to visit Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology more often for prenatal visits than you would otherwise.
What makes a pregnancy high risk?
Many diseases, conditions, behaviors, and life circumstances can qualify your pregnancy as high risk. During your initial prenatal visit or at visits for family planning, the Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology team lets you know if your pregnancy is or will be high risk and why.
Your pregnancy may be high risk if you:
- Smoke, take illicit drugs, or drink alcohol during pregnancy
- Are age 17 or younger
- Are age 35 or older
- Were over— or underweight when you became pregnant
- Had pregnancy complications in the past
- Have health issues like diabetes or cardiovascular disease
- Are pregnant with multiple babies
If you have a family history of congenital conditions, you might choose genetic testing to find out if your baby has one or is at risk. The team at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology can interpret your results and provide counseling or management for your pregnancy.
How should I manage a high-risk pregnancy?
Managing a high-risk pregnancy requires more than the frequent visits you make to Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology. The team tells you what you need to do to improve your chances of carrying your pregnancy to its full term and having a healthy birth.
Aside from your regular visits and testing, your obstetrician at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology may advise you to:
- Improve your diet and nutrition
- Gain or lose a healthy amount of weight
- Reduce the stressors in your life
- Wash your hands often
- Get the immunizations you need and can get
In addition to the extra steps you need to take during a high-risk pregnancy, you should follow all of the typical health instructions for being pregnant. These include avoiding smoking, drinking, and certain foods like raw meat or fish.
If you might have a high-risk pregnancy or want to assess your potential risks, book an appointment by phone or online at Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology today.
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