In a “high-risk” pregnancy, you have an increased chance of experiencing complications during pregnancy that can cause health problems for you or your baby. Your doctor will monitor you closely so that problems are found and addressed early.
Factors that put you at risk:
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will visit the doctor more often than women not at risk to ensure that any complications are found early.
In most cases, your obstetrician can manage your pregnancy, consulting with maternal-fetal medicine specialists (doctors who have extra training in high-risk pregnancies) when needed.
Regular blood tests, urine tests and ultrasounds are common for women with high-risk pregnancies.
Tests may be performed in your doctor’s office, or you may be referred to a Perinatal Testing Center.
Possible tests include:
Even if you have a high-risk pregnancy, your delivery should be no different than for normal-risk moms, unless previously discussed with your physician. Placenta Previa also places you at high risk for delivery.
Should your baby require intensive care, we're able to treat him or her on-site, so that you and your baby remain at the same facility.
Most complications that moms experience can be treated in the labor and delivery unit.
For more serious conditions, you may receive care in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at Mercy Hospital or Sisters Hospital. It is rare that this option is needed; however, Catholic Health's maternity hospitals are uniquely equipped to provide ICU care to maternal conditions that warrant it.
Most high-risk mothers are able to go home at the same time as their normal-risk counterparts. Only when a maternal or neonatal condition requires it would you experience a longer stay in the hospital.
To find a doctor who can care for your high-risk pregnancy, click here to search our physician directory or contact our HealthConnection representatives at (716) 706-2112 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday.