Is it possible to prevent a high-risk pregnancy?
When an expecting mother is said to have a high-risk pregnancy , it means that she or her baby have certain risk factors that may increase the likelihood of complications of pregnancy or childbirth. This does not mean that complications are bound to happen, and many women with high-risk pregnancies are able to give birth to healthy children without experiencing complications. Watch this featured video to hear an Ob/Gyn from MountainView Hospital explain why she prefers to avoid thinking of pregnancies in terms of high or low risk. Instead, she prefers a patient-centered approach that helps all expecting mothers minimize their risks.
The unmodifiable risk factors of high-risk pregnancies
Although making healthy choices will support a complication-free pregnancy, certain risk factors aren’t changeable. These factors include the following:
- Advanced maternal age (35 and older)
- Family history of genetic conditions
- Personal history of miscarriage or stillbirth
- Prior pregnancy complications (preterm, low birth weight or C-section)
- Pregnancy with multiples
The manageable medical risk factors of high-risk pregnancies
Some risk factors may be manageable with a doctor’s care, although they can’t be completely reversed. These include medical conditions of the mother , such as these:
- Thyroid disease
- Blood disorders
This list of medical conditions is not comprehensive. Women who have any medical conditions or take any medications may consider scheduling a preconception health check-up with their doctors before trying to become pregnant.
The lifestyle risk factors of high-risk pregnancies
The everyday choices women make before and during pregnancy can influence their baby’s health. Women can reduce their risk of pregnancy-related complications by taking the following steps:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a balanced, nutritious diet
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Managing stress
- Taking prenatal vitamins
- Avoiding smoke and secondhand smoke
- Avoiding illicit substances
- Avoiding alcohol
- Getting prenatal care
- Practicing food safety to prevent foodborne illnesses
Expecting mothers will find the state-of-the-art medical services they need and the compassionate care they deserve at MountainView Hospital . Tour our birthing center in Las Vegas and ask us about our extensive parent education courses, family-centered amenities and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A registered nurse is available around the clock at (702) 962-5021 to answer your questions.