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Once your doctor has informed you that your pregnancy is a high risk, you’re certainly worried and have a lot of questions. Your initial step must be to compile a list of questions and schedule a consultation with your doctor to address your concerns. In the event of a high-risk pregnancy, consider asking your doctor the following questions :
What Factors Contribute to The High Risk of My Pregnancy ?
Pregnancy can be classified as high-risk due to a variety of causes. Being under the age of 17 or over the age of 35; having a severe health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, kidney disease, or an autoimmune disorder such as lupus; being pregnant with more than one baby; issues with a previous pregnancy or having three or more miscarriages; carrying a baby with a genetic disorder such as Down syndrome; certain infectious diseases; and taking certain prescription drugs are among these factors.
Will, I Require the Assistance of Any Specialists ?
Your doctor may refer you to a perinatologist or maternal-fetal medicine expert depending on the reasons that make your pregnancy high-risk. Such obstetricians offer expertise in caring for high-risk moms and fetuses, and they receive three years of advanced training in managing pregnancy issues. According to studies, when women with pregnancy disorders are treated by these experts, the results are better both for the baby and the mother. A geneticist may also be referred to you.
Is There Anything I Can Do To Reduce The Dangers of My Pregnancy?
Your doctor might suggest you make modifications to your diet and/or activity level, as well as make efforts to manage any chronic diseases.
Are There Any Tests I’ll Need To do Besides The Regular Prenatal Screenings?
Your doctor might suggest further lab, imaging, and genetic testing to monitor your health and the health of your baby, depending on what circumstances make your pregnancy high-risk. You would also visit your doctor for prenatal checks more regularly than in a typical pregnancy.
What Symptoms Can Point To an Issue With My Pregnancy, and Which Signs Should Prompt Me to Seek Immediate Care?
Discuss with your doctor what symptoms to look out for, when to contact your doctor, and then when to go to the urgent care.
How Can I Cope With My Stress and Anxiety?
While discovering that your pregnancy is high-risk is going to make you nervous, do everything you can to reduce your stress. Your doctor might propose a high-risk pregnancy support group or link you with a mental health professional. Consider adopting anxiety-reduction approaches such as meditation and breathing exercises.