Pre-existing health conditions, age, and lifestyle can all affect pregnancy. If you’re over the age of 35 or have a chronic health condition, your pregnancy may be considered high-risk — Dr. Gwen Allen of the Gardena Women’s Center in Gardena, California, can help. With more than 20 years of experience as an OB/GYN, Dr. Allen handles all aspects of high-risk pregnancies, from prenatal care through delivery. Call or schedule your consultation online today.
A variety of health, lifestyle, and medical conditions may put you in the category for a high-risk pregnancy. In general, if your baby has an increased chance of a health problem, your pregnancy is considered high-risk.
Other factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy include:
Regularly consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes can also put your pregnancy at risk.
If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, Dr. Allen evaluates your condition and medical history and advises you on the best ways to ensure a healthy delivery. For example, if you have high blood pressure, she may suggest regular exercise and reducing salt intake to keep your blood pressure in check. If you smoke, quitting smoking during pregnancy can also lower risk factors for your and your baby’s health.
Some women develop gestational diabetes, which also increases the risk of complications. In these cases, Dr. Allen may recommend:
In some cases, you may need to take medication to manage high blood pressure or diabetes during your pregnancy. Dr. Allen ensures that any medication you need is safe for your health and the health of your baby.
Additionally, if your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you made need more ultrasound tests throughout each stage of your pregnancy to monitor your baby’s growth rate and health.
Attending all of your appointments with Dr. Allen is one of the best things you can do to minimize risks during your pregnancy. This way, she can monitor any areas of concern.
You should also eat healthy foods and take any medicines or vitamins Dr. Allen prescribes. Avoid taking any over-the-counter medications without first speaking with a member of the experienced medical team at Gardena Women’s Center.
Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.