High Risk Pregnancy

While a pregnancy is almost always a happy occasion, many women are faced with the prospect of a high risk pregnancy. Whether due to a pre-existing illness, age or any other factor a high risk pregnancy requires special care.

Request more information about high risk pregnancy and obstetrics today: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

What is a High Risk Pregnancy?

A pregnancy is considered high risk when either the mother or child faces an increased chance of complications. Some of what causes a high risk pregnancy is pre-existing health conditions, while other risk factors include age or lifestyle choices.

A high risk pregnancy isn't necessarily “treated”, but is instead subject to much closer monitoring and more frequently health check-ups. If the high risk pregnancy is due to an underlying medical condition, treatment of that issue may need to happen before pregnancy occurs.

If it is determined that a high risk pregnancy is present, special steps may be taken. These can include blood testing, urine testing and additional ultrasounds. In some cases, a special facility or hospital that caters to high risk pregnancies may be used.

High Risk Pregnancy Factors

There are many different factors that can lead to a high risk pregnancy. Some non-illness high risk pregnancy factors include:

Many high risk pregnancies also stem from health issues present in the fetus, including Down syndrome, heart problems and lung issues.

Still other high risk pregnancies are caused by a pre-existing health condition in the mother. Some of these illnesses can include:

Certain medications may affect pregnancy risk as well.

Request Obstetric Information Today

If you believe you are entering a high risk pregnancy, contact a medical professional immediately. Request more information about obstetric care: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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