A pregnancy can be diagnosed as high risk for any reason that would put the health of the baby or mother in jeopardy, including:
- A former pregnancy that resulted in preterm labor or delivery.
- Carrying twins, triplets, or more.
- A medical history that includes several miscarriages or a family history of complications during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.
- Maternal medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, epilepsy, or high blood pressure.
- A woman who is of advanced maternal age.
- Prenatal testing or screening that shows abnormalities or causes for concern.
Being termed “high risk” may sound scary; however, it’s simply a common phrase used to ensure that the mother receives the appropriate amount of prenatal care. It does not indicate that there will be any problems for the baby or the mother. Care for a high-risk pregnancy includes more frequent appointments, ultrasounds, and testing. If you are on medication for a health condition, your prescriptions will be monitored carefully. As your pregnancy progesses, your doctor will monitor you carefully to determine if the baby should be delivered early.
Expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies should work with their physician to keep themselves and the baby as healthy. This includes going to all of your checkups and testing appointments, eating a healthy diet, taking prescribed medication and vitamins, avoiding individuals who have the cold or flu, not smoking, and getting the appropriate level of exercise and activity.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine understands that high-risk pregnancies can be overwhelming. Dr. Jenkins and his team work closely with his Katy-area patient to ensure she has the right care. For more information about high risk prenatal care call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today.
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Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD
received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Dr. Adebola I. Falae, MD, FACOG
received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and medical degree from University of Rochester Medical School, NY. She completed her residency training at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. Women’s healthcare is her primary concern.
Dr. Maria Torres, MD, FACOG
earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, before completing residency training at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She’s an expert in infertility evaluation and high-risk pregnancies.