Pregnancy and Babycare: High Risk Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Babycare: High Risk Pregnancy

The causes can be conditions you already have or conditions you develop.

The risk factors can affect the health of a woman during pregnancy and even before she becomes pregnant. These conditions can even complicate the process of delivery or child birth. However, if your doctor identifies these factors, he can provide you the appropriate medical care and guide you well, in the preconception and also along the course of 9 months. The common conditions that complicate a pregnancy include:-

  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart diseases
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Diabetes and cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • If the woman is above the age of 35.
  • If the woman is underweight or overweight prior to pregnancy.
  • If the woman has had a baby with a birth defect or has had a premature baby.
  • If the woman is pregnant with more than one fetus.

Lifestyle choices can also cause high risk pregnancies. Women, who are habitual to smoking or drinking alcohol, are prone to high risk factors and experience health hazards during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and drink alcohol, so does your baby. One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). So, it is but necessary, that you discontinue these habits when you are pregnant.

Chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, and heart diseases can increase the risk of medical issues during pregnancy and can affect the health of the mother and baby. There are some genetic disorders too, that your doctor would like to check you for, especially if you have a history of inherited genetic defects in your family.  If you have a chronic condition and are aware of it, you are advised to consult a doctor, before you get pregnant. He can provide you the information on how to minimize the risk. And once you are pregnant, he can monitor your pregnancy. Another condition that can make pregnancy risky is gestational diabetes, which happens while you are pregnant. Good prenatal care helps to detect and treat it.

Certain changes in the body are part of the pregnancy process and should be expected, however, there are some changes that may indicate a potential problem. These include:-

  • The breast changes and breasts tenderness are normal but if the changes occur only in one breast, then it cannot be considered as normal. And you must consult your doctor about it.
  • The fetal movement should start by 18th to 22nd week. However, if you do not experience the first movement of your baby till the 25th or 26th week, then it should be reported to the doctor.
  • Cramps and heavy discharges are normal in a pregnancy but greenish and foul smelling vaginal discharge indicates that there is some kind of an infection. Cramping, if it lasts for more than 60 seconds and continues for more than four hours, is a risk factor and should be reported to the doctor.

You must speak to your doctor, when you experience any worrying symptoms and take all the precautions that are deemed essential. Make the desired changes in your lifestyle and diet that are important to improve your immune system and the health of the baby in your womb. If you take excellent care of yourself and take a nutritious and healthy diet, it is perfectly possible to manage a high risk pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby.

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