If you are looking for an OBGYN for high risk pregnancy, you may have a lot of questions. We get you started here
If you’re searching for an OBGYN for high risk pregnancy, you may be having a lot of anxiety right now. Hearing the words “high-risk” associated with your pregnancy can cause a lot of initial stress and worry. But you should know that, while it needs to be taken seriously and has implications for your health and your baby’s wellbeing, high risk is a term that can refer to a wide range of common conditions. Your diagnosis may stem from pre-existing conditions you had before getting pregnant or conditions that have developed during your pregnancy or even during labor and delivery.
What’s most important is that you are in the right hands for your care. You want a doctor you can trust to be compassionate and professional. If you live in the Coral Springs Florida area, schedule an appointment at Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics & Gynecology. We offer comprehensive pregnancy care, complete with coordination and referrals to perinatologists in the area as medically indicated.
What a perinatologist offers
Having a high risk pregnancy doesn’t necessarily mean you will have a more difficult time than having a low risk pregnancy. But it may mean you need to receive extra monitoring or tests to keep an eye on your health or your baby’s condition. Or you may need to take medication. It’s possible you will need to consult with a perinatologist if your condition calls for it.
A perinatologist is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, an expert in the treatment of medical complications that are related to pregnancy.
Pre-existing conditions that may lead to high risk pregnancy
Several pre-existing conditions can lead to a high risk pregnancy diagnosis. If you have any of these conditions before becoming pregnant, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your OBGYN so you have a better understanding of their potential impact on your pregnancy. It’s important to note that, while these conditions can lead to a high risk pregnancy diagnosis, not all women with these conditions will have a high risk pregnancy.
- Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Many of these conditions can be treated or monitored before pregnancy to lower your risks of developing complications. If you are planning to get pregnant, work with your OBGYN to lower your blood pressure, make lifestyle changes, or treat STDs before pregnancy. You can read more about having a healthy pregnancy with diabetes here.
Conditions that develop during pregnancy
Sometimes a perfectly healthy pregnancy can develop into a high risk pregnancy. Every pregnancy is unique and even people who have had low-risk pregnancies in the past can develop conditions that seriously affect their health and the well-being of their fetus. Your OBGYN is prepared to support you should a complication arise.
- If you have a multiple pregnancy (twins or more) you may be at higher risk of complications
- A diagnosis of pre-eclamspia during pregnancy is a serious condition that will mark your pregnancy as high-risk and require additional monitoring and care
Read more about high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.
Dr. Lona Sasser Obstetrics and Gynecology is accepting new patients and would love to hear from you, whether you are planning to get pregnant or are already pregnant.
Our respected and friendly doctors are proud to be a top choice for your health care in Coral Springs and the surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule your appointment today – book online or give us a call at (954)340-1050.
Source: John Hopkins Medicine