High Risk Pregnancy

North Atlanta Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Johns Creek, GA & Alpharetta, GA

Learning you have a high-risk pregnancy can be an upsetting and stressful experience. At North Atlanta Women’s Care, the team helps expecting mothers in and around Johns Creek, Georgia, have a safe and enjoyable pregnancy, even when they fall into the “high-risk” category. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or call the North Atlanta Women’s Care office.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is one in which there are indications that a mother or child may be at risk of complications. Most women who have pregnancies categorized as high risk go on to deliver a healthy baby. They simply require a bit more monitoring and care as they prepare to welcome their baby into the world.

Any of these factors can cause your pregnancy to pose a higher-than-average risk, including:

  • Maternal age under 17 or over 35
  • Medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney issues
  • History of miscarriage
  • History of family genetic disorders
  • Pregnancy issues like gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia
  • Carrying twins or other multiple births
  • Signs of fetal development problems

Many of these issues are identified early in your prenatal care, giving you time to make adjustments and get the screening needed to guide the remainder of your pregnancy.

How can I reduce my risk of high-risk pregnancy complications?

You play a significant role in managing the risk to both you and your baby. The absolute biggest step you can take to maximize your health is to listen to the advice of your obstetrician and follow their suggestions as closely as possible.

A high-risk pregnancy usually means you’ll need to come in more frequently for health assessments. These appointments are essential to helping you stay healthy, and to monitor the development of your baby. Be sure to attend all scheduled appointments, and if you have to reschedule, come in as close to the original date as possible.

What can I do to reduce my stress during a high-risk pregnancy?

If you feel overwhelmed and stressed by the news that your pregnancy is considered high risk, you’re certainly not alone. Be sure to take steps to reduce your stress and focus on looking forward to adding a new member to your family.

Gathering the support of friends and family is one way to take some of the burden off of your shoulders. Friends can offer support by accompanying you to appointments, taking care of household responsibilities, or helping you embrace healthy lifestyle modifications. Perhaps the biggest help that friends and loved ones can provide is simply being there to help you focus on the excitement and joy of meeting your baby.

If you’re planning to add to your family, be sure to schedule a visit with North Atlanta Women’s Care as soon as possible to begin prenatal care and discuss ways to lower your pregnancy risk level.