What You Should Know about Low Risk Pregnancy and How to Help Reduce Risk in Your Pregnancy
The majority of pregnancies are considered to be low risk. But you may be wondering just what it means to have a low risk pregnancy, or how to reduce your risk of developing complications.
Essentially, being low risk means there are no maternal or fetal complications, but no pregnancy is totally free of the possibility of developing risk. Having a low risk pregnancy can also indicate that there are no pre-existing conditions for the pregnant person that place them at higher risk of developing certain complications. In other words, things are expected to progress predictably to a healthy conclusion for mother and baby.
Prenatal care is an important part of keeping your pregnancy healthy. While pregnancy itself is not a medical condition, consistent prenatal care will help keep you healthy and educated about your body and your baby.
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, you want a compassionate doctor you can trust. If you live in the Coral Springs Florida area, schedule an appointment at Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology.
What is low risk pregnancy?
The vast majority of pregnancies follow a predictable course through the three trimesters. If your medical history or other factors do not suggest otherwise, you are likely to have a low risk pregnancy.
However, in some pregnancies, complications or challenges can arise that make the pregnancy high-risk. Your doctor’s risk assessment may take into account your personal risk for preterm birth, Cesarean delivery, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia, for example. In some cases, special monitoring or care and even the need to see medical specialists can become part of your pregnancy care or delivery.
While hearing that your pregnancy is high risk can sound scary, what’s most important is that you are in the right hands for your care. Most pregnancy complications can easily be identified and prevented through regular prenatal care.
Helping along your healthy pregnancy
A healthy pregnancy can look a lot of different ways. While complications are usually out of your control, there are some things you can do help keep your pregnancy low risk.
- Pre-pregnancy appointment: If you are considering pregnancy or planning to get pregnant, many care providers encourage an appointment to discuss your current health before conceiving.
- Regular prenatal care: A regular prenatal visit to monitor your and your baby’s health can make a huge difference to a healthy pregnancy. Typically, routine checkups during your low risk pregnancy take place
- Once each month for four through 28 weeks
- Twice a month for 28 through 36 weeks
- Weekly for 36 weeks till birth
- Well-balanced diet: Your care provider can help you plan what foods to include and avoid or limit. Be sure to include essential nutrients like folic acid, calcium, and iron.
Getting the right care
There are many options for care for women with a low risk pregnancy. From midwife-led care for home or hospital birth, to obstetrician-led care, it’s important that you choose what makes you feel you’re in the best care for you.
At Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology, your health is our top priority. We are here to support you, from conception to birth and beyond.