Complications may arise during pregnancy, and some women are at higher risk for these issues than others.
Consult with your primary physician pre- or post conception to determine if you should seek counseling with a doctor who specializes in high risk obstetrics, called Perinatologists or Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialists.
The following factors or conditions may contribute to high-risk obstetrics:
- Heart disease
- Underweight or overweight
- Lung disorders (ex. asthma)
- High blood pressure
- Seizure disorders
- Kidney disease
- Menopausal women (who are pregnant through donor eggs)
- Multiples (especially triplets or more)
- Thyroid disorders
- Incompetent cervix
- Placental abruption
- Teratogen exposure (ex. certain medications, narcotics, and alcohol)
- Previous history of complications and/or miscarriages
It is important to examine fetal health and help treat any issues that arise in high risk obstetrics.