With a high-risk pregnancy, you may need more frequent prenatal care visits or additional testing to ensure you have a healthy and happy pregnancy. At KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology  in Atlanta, Georgia, the experienced OB/GYNs specialize in high-risk pregnancy. To schedule a consultation, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

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What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy means there are potential complications that may affect you or your baby during your pregnancy. Conditions that may make your pregnancy high risk include:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Preeclampsia
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets)
  • Blood disorder
  • Maternal age 17 or younger
  • Maternal age 35 or older

Your OB/GYN may also consider yours a high-risk pregnancy if you have a history of pregnancy complications, such as premature birth or preeclampsia.

Lifestyle choices, such as smoking or alcohol use, may also require high-risk pregnancy care. Fetal complications, such as chromosomal abnormalities, may also place your pregnancy at high risk.

What can I expect during high-risk pregnancy care?

KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology takes a patient-centered approach to care. You can expect personalized and compassionate treatment for your high-risk pregnancy.

The specifics of your care depend on your health needs. However, your OB/GYN may schedule more frequent prenatal visits to monitor you and your baby’s health.

Depending on your personal medical and gynecological history, your provider may recommend starting prenatal care and counseling before conception. Making lifestyle changes to improve your health may reduce complications during your pregnancy.

KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology also asks about your delivery plan. The women’s health experts specialize in various delivery options, including vaginal deliveries, cesarean section, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

You can expect your OB/GYN to review potential signs and symptoms that warrant an urgent visit to the clinic, such as vaginal bleeding or cramping.

What types of tests do I need during a high-risk pregnancy?

The tests you need during a high-risk pregnancy depend on you and your baby’s health. Standard prenatal care testing includes ultrasound testing, glucose tolerance testing, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening.

For your high-risk pregnancy, your provider at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology may also recommend:

  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Specialized ultrasound testing
  • Prenatal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening
  • Additional blood work or urinalysis
  • Fetal monitoring
  • Fetal non-stress test

Your health expert discusses the specialized tests and how they help you and your baby during pregnancy.

For expert care of your high-risk pregnancy, call KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.