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High Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Gwen Allen, M.D. -  - OB/GYN

Gardena Women's Center

Gwen Allen, M.D.

OB/GYN located in Gardena, CA

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.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What factors contribute to a high-risk pregnancy?

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:

  • High blood pressure
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Diabetes, kidney disease, or an autoimmune disease
  • Thyroid disease or condition
  • Obesity
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Under the age of 19 or over 35

Regularly consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes can also put your pregnancy at risk.

How can I manage my high-risk pregnancy?

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:

  • Tracking and testing your blood sugar levels throughout the day
  • Eating a healthier diet while you’re pregnant
  • Monitoring weekly weight gain during pregnancy
  • Being aware of your daily glucose levels, activity levels, and physical activity
  • Recording what you eat and drink each day

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.

What can I do to minimize risks during pregnancy?

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.