High-Risk Pregnancy

Because every pregnancy deserves compassionate expert care close to home

Our approach to high-risk pregnancy care

High-risk pregnancy can add uncertainty to what should be an exciting time. We understand the unique challenges of a pregnancy with potential complications, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Our compassionate team of perinataologists at WellSpan Maternal Fetal Medicine will work closely with you to develop a personalized care plan that addresses your individual needs.

We're here for you, from preconception to postpartum, to help ensure you and your baby receive the best possible care.

Signs and symptoms of a high-risk pregnancy

A pregnancy is considered high risk if the mother or the baby has an increased chance of having a health problem.

Your doctor may have told you that your high risk if you:

  • have health problems like diabetes or high blood pressure
  • contracted an infection like HIV
  • are younger than 17 or older than 35
  • have a history of pregnancy complications such as preterm labor, preeclampsia or three or more miscarriages
  • are carrying multiple babies
  • are carrying a baby who has a medical condition such as Down syndrome or a heart, lung or kidney problem

Being high risk doesn't always mean that there will be problems, but we will make sure you get extra attention during your pregnancy. If problems does arise, this extra care will help us find the issues sooner.

Diagnosis

A high-risk pregnancy means your pregnancy has a higher risk of complications for you or your baby.

To determine whether your pregnancy is high risk, we will:

  • ask about your health history and symptoms
  • do a physical exam
  • order tests, such as a blood test, a urine test or an ultrasound

If your pregnancy is high risk, your obstetrician or family practice provider will coordinate care with our maternal-fetal medicine expert during your pregnancy. Our experts will work closely with you and your Ob care provider to monitor the health of you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.

Treatment options

Every woman is unique and deserves personalized, compassionate care. That's why our approach to high-risk pregnancies is tailored to your individual symptoms and risks.

Care during a high-risk pregnancy can include:

  • Regular check-ups and monitoring: We'll closely monitor your pregnancy, keeping an eye on your blood pressure, iron levels and urine to check for any potential problems.
  • Ultrasound scans: We use ultrasound scans to monitor your baby's growth and development, and to check for any potential problems.
  • Genetic counseling: Our genetic counseling team is here to educate and assist with any concerns related to genetic testing results.
  • Medication: We may prescribe medication to manage your blood pressure, blood sugar or other health conditions.
  • Lifestyle changes: We may recommend lifestyle changes, such as reducing your activity level, eating a healthy diet, or avoiding smoking, vaping and alcohol.
  • Hospitalization: In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary to closely monitor your pregnancy and manage any complications.

We know that a high-risk pregnancy can be a worrying time, but we're here with understanding and support. We take the time to get to know you, so we can become your trusted partners in your pregnancy journey.

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