Risks of Pregnancy
August 5, 2021 | Gynecology, Pregnancy, Safety | by Dr. Richey
High-risk pregnancy is one that has a greater chance of both maternal and fetal complications, during the course of gestation and delivery, and that requires strict medical and ultrasound control.
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We know that high-risk pregnancies present a variety of challenges before, during, and after pregnancy. It is important that you understand that the results are triggers, as well as what you can do to take care of yourself and your baby. If you are in this situation, you and your baby need special care. Therefore, we share some of the most important factors that you should take into account.
- Age of the mother: For those women older than 35 years, high-risk pregnancies are usually more common.
- Lifestyle: Smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, among other bad habits, often lead to a risky pregnancy.
- Medical history: If your family has had miscarriages or the death of babies shortly after birth, you should take the necessary care from the first day of pregnancy, since these are warning signs that you should not miss.
- Medical conditions: Chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia, infections, epilepsy, among other conditions, increase the risk of developing a high-risk pregnancy.
- Complications during pregnancy: Problems in the uterus, placenta or cervix represent a high risk. If your baby’s blood group is Rh positive and yours is Rh negative, it is also another major risk factor.
- Multiple pregnancy: Those women who are carrying twins or more babies are also prone to developing risks during pregnancy.
Some symptoms that often occur during a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Vaginal bleeding.
- Severe headaches.
- Pain in the abdomen.
- Vaginal discharge.
- Regular contractions.
- Low activity of the fetus.
- Pain or burning when urinating.
- Vision failure.
Some preventive measures include:
- Plan your pregnancy: If you are considering having a baby, we recommend consulting with a specialist. The specialist will indicate all the necessary care that you should have. If you have a medical condition, you can receive the appropriate and timely treatment so that you can have a healthy and risk-free pregnancy.
- Go to all your medical appointments: Going to all your medical appointments will help you take better control of your baby’s health. In addition, you will be able to know if a problem is developing or if you need special care.
- Eat a healthy diet: It is essential to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy. You will need greater amounts of calcium, iron, folic acid, among other essential nutrients. You can supplement your diet with vitamin supplements. Consult your doctor if you need to follow a special diet.
- Stop bad habits: Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, self-medicate among other bad habits. Which only harm your health and that of your baby.
- Gain weight properly: Obtaining the ideal weight will help you contribute to the good development of your baby. In addition, it will be much easier for you to carry the extra weight. We recommend that you consult with your doctor so that you can know the exact weight you need.
If you find yourself going through a high-risk pregnancy, chances are you are feeling scared and anxious. Unfortunately, anxiety can affect you and your baby’s health. Consult with your doctor about the appropriate forms and techniques of relaxation that you can apply. For example, imagining positive things or good experiences will help you lower your anxiety levels. Another great option is listening to music or reading interesting books to help clear your mind.
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