Being called “High Risk” may sound scary but it’s just a way for your obstetrician to make sure that pregnant women under specific circumstances receive special attention during their pregnancy.
A patient’s past or current medical history may have its own list that make the pregnancy high risk. Some high risk factors include:
Other situations that may be considered high risk include when a pregnant mother:
When an unborn baby has specific conditions, the pregnancy may be considered high risk including:
When a patient is considered to have a high-risk pregnancy they will have more visits with their obstetrician than a woman who does not have a high-risk pregnancy. The patient will have more ultrasound tests to make sure baby is growing well and sometimes they will be referred to a maternal-fetal specialist or perinatologist to help them through their pregnancy.