High Risk Obstetrics Specialist

The doctors at The Women’s Health Center have years of experience in helping women to have healthy pregnancies, even if the pregnancy is high risk. Women from Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles area find excellent high-risk obstetrics services at The Women’s Health Center in Fountain Valley, California.

High Risk Obstetrics Q & A

What is High-Risk Obstetrics?

High-risk obstetrics is the medical care of and treatment for women with high-risk pregnancies. High risk means that the mother or the baby has an increased risk of developing a health issue. The term may be frightening, but it just a term for doctors to ensure that special attention is paid to the progression of the pregnancy and the needs of the mother and baby. Common conditions that can be caused by high-risk factors are preterm labor, preeclampsia, slow growth or low birth weight of the baby, and problems with the placenta.

What Are High-Risk Factors?

  • Preexisting health issues like cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, high blood pressure, or kidney disease
  • Use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco
  • Age, if the mother is younger than 17 or older than 35
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • History of miscarriages
  • Genetic condition diagnosed in the baby
  • Infections including HIV, hepatitis C, cytomegalovirus, chickenpox, rubella, toxoplasmosis, and syphilis.
  • Use of certain medicines

How is Care Different for High-Risk Pregnancies?

The most obvious difference is that women with high-risk pregnancies will have more frequent appointments with the obstetrician. The mother’s blood pressure may be checked more regularly and more frequent urine testing will be done to keep an eye on developing preeclampsia and urinary tract infections. More ultrasounds may be required to closely monitor the baby’s growth and development. For older mothers-to-be, or for women who have had genetic problems in previous pregnancies, the doctor may order more genetic screenings. Many doctors prefer that high-risk pregnancies are planned to deliver in a hospital. It is also possible that if the doctor thinks that the health of the mother or baby are at risk that labor may need to be induced early.

What Behaviors Can Help to Have a Healthy Pregnancy?

Pregnant women should attend all of their doctor visits. They should eat a healthy and balanced diet and only take vitamins, supplements or medications prescribed by the doctor, such as a daily folic acid supplement. If the doctor approves, it is important to take regular exercise. Do not smoke or consume alcohol or drugs. The doctor can provide support on stopping these and other unhealthy habits.


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9940 Talbert Avenue, Suite 303
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: 714-462-1348
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