Although most pregnancies are uneventful, some women have complications or risk factors that make them high-risk. Your Jackson, WY, OB/GYNs, Dr. Mary Girling and Dr. Camille Mellijor-Figg of Jackson Hole Care for Women, can help you identify your risk factors. If you do have a high-risk pregnancy, they offer expert care that can help you reduce the likelihood of complications, including health issues and pre-term labor.
What makes a pregnancy high risk?
Your pregnancy may be classified as high risk for any of these reasons:
- Diseases and Conditions: Certain diseases and conditions can make your pregnancy a little difficult, including multiple sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders, COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, thyroid disease, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS, fibroids or depression.
- Your Weight: Being overweight, obese or underweight may complicate your pregnancy.
- Multiple Births: Women who are carrying more than one baby are automatically classified as high risk.
- Your Age: Are you over 35 or under 17? Your age will make your pregnancy high risk.
- Issues with Your Baby's Health: Your doctor may tell you that you have a high-risk pregnancy if your baby has a health condition, birth defect or genetic condition.
- Problems with Previous Pregnancies: If you've had pre-term labor in a previous pregnancy or experienced any pregnancy-related problems in the past, you will be considered high risk.
- Health Issues Related to Pregnancy: Health issues that develop during your pregnancy, such as preeclampsia or placenta previa, will increase your risk of pre-term labor or other problems.
- Lifestyle Choices: Smoking, alcohol dependence or taking recreational drugs during pregnancy can affect your health or the baby's health and cause pre-term labor.
What happens if I have a high-risk pregnancy?
If your OB/GYNs determine that you have a high-risk pregnancy during your visit to the Jackson, WY, office, she'll schedule more frequent visits to monitor your pregnancy. You may also need more frequent ultrasounds or other tests or may be referred to a specialist in some cases.
How can I avoid a high-risk pregnancy?
Although it isn't always possible to prevent a high-risk pregnancy, making a few lifestyle modifications can be helpful. Before you plan to get pregnant:
- Lose or gain a few pounds to achieve a healthy weight
- Improve your diet
- Stop smoking, drinking or using drugs
- Reduce stress in your life
- Get chronic health conditions under control
- Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date
Regular visits to the OB/GYN are a must if you have a high-risk pregnancy. Call your OB/GYNs in Jackson, WY, Dr. Girling and Dr. Mellijor-Figg of Jackson Hole Care for Women at (307) 201-1489 to schedule your appointment.