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High Risk Pregnancy Planning


If you have a medical problem, pregnancy planning is even more important. You'll need to take extra steps to ensure that you are as healthy as you can be before you conceive. Doctors consider a pregnancy high risk if the mother has a chronic or life threatening health condition. In these situations a physician will monitor symptoms and treatment very carefully to avoid complications.

Your pregnancy will also be considered high risk if you are pregnant with multiples, or if you are over the age of 35. If you have had problem pregnancies in the past, any future pregnancy will also be deemed high risk.

Women with diabetes need to pay special attention to their blood sugar levels before conceiving. You will have to adjust your glucose levels and follow a strict meal plan during your pregnancy. If you suffer from weight problems due to your diabetes, you may have problems conceiving, and might need to seek help from a fertility doctor to become pregnant.

Heart disease and high blood pressure can pose problems during pregnancy, so regulating your health as much as possible before you become pregnant is essential. Changes in diet and exercise can help lower blood pressure, and you and your physician can discuss your options for treatment during conception and pregnancy. Many prescription drugs are not safe to take at conception, so you will probably have to alter your course of treatment to accommodate your pregnancy.

A history of sexually transmitted disease also means your pregnancy is high risk. You need to make sure that you are not currently infected with any STD's before you conceive since these can often be transmitted through the placenta to your child or through the birth canal during delivery. Your physician needs to know if you have HIV/AIDS or herpes as risks to your developing baby can be minimized with antibiotics.

Because of the risks of chemotherapy and radiation to the fetus, doctors will recommend that women with cancer either terminate the pregnancy or deliver the baby by Caesarean section as soon as possible so that they can continue treatment. If you are receiving medical care for cancer, weigh your options for carrying a baby to term, and what that would mean for your recovery and well being.

A high risk pregnancy does not necessarily mean that your baby will be born with complications, or that you will be unable to deliver your baby naturally. However, you will need to make your health your number one priority during your pregnancy and understand the risks involved.

 


 
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