Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

Safety Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy

When it comes to building your family, the last words you may want to hear are “high risk.” In most cases, this designation is precautionary and means that you require a higher standard of care and observation.

At Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley, we offer high-risk obstetrics care under the expert direction of Dr. Fernando Otero and our team of women’s health experts. When it comes to high-risk pregnancies, our goal is certainly the same as yours — an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

While we can do our part through heightened monitoring, there are steps you can take on your end, too, and we review some of them here.

Defining a high-risk pregnancy

Before we get into some safety tips for a high-risk pregnancy, let’s quickly review what qualifies as high risk. 

A high-risk pregnancy is marked by any issue that may pose a threat to either your health or the health of your unborn child, including:

Of course, there may be factors outside of the ones listed above that place you into the high-risk category, such as tobacco, drug, or alcohol use.

Tips for a high-risk pregnancy

As you can see by the list above, some of the factors that place you into the high-risk designation are ones that are out of your control, such as age or multiple babies. 

In these instances, we recommend that you do everything in your power to maintain both your physical and mental health during this time by:

If your high-risk pregnancy is due to a pre-existing medical condition, it’s imperative that you work with your primary care provider and our team here, so that we can ensure you’re getting the medical care you need to manage your health.

If your high-risk pregnancy is due to a condition like obesity, now is not the time to launch into a quick weight-loss program. While we applaud your efforts to gain control over your weight, work with us on a safe and healthy way to approach your weight during this sensitive time.

Conversely, if you’re a smoker, now IS the time to quit, and we can provide you with some great tools to free you from your nicotine habit.

You may need extra monitoring

If your high-risk pregnancy may affect your unborn child, we may want to see you more frequently and perform specialized tests to monitor the health of your fetus. Rest assured, we sit down with you and review what tests may be beneficial so that you can gain some valuable information, and peace of mind, that everything’s going smoothly.

You can still have a birth plan

Even though your pregnancy may be high risk, we still encourage you to come up with your ideal birth plan and share it with us. In fact, we can help you devise one within the limitations of your high-risk pregnancy. Our only caution here is that you should be flexible with your birth plan in case something arises. 

If you have more questions about successfully navigating a high-risk pregnancy, please don't hesitate to contact us at one of our two offices in McAllen or Edinburg, Texas. Just call the nearest office or use our online booking form to set up an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

All About Endometrial Ablation

Your menstrual cycles have gotten to the point where they’re casting a long shadow over your life. Here, we take a look at how endometrial ablation can put a stop to the problem, once and for all.

Am I a Good Candidate for Tubal Ligation?

You’re absolutely sure you don't want to get pregnant or you have a medical condition that makes pregnancy ill-advised. These are two reasons why 600,000 tubal ligations are performed each year in the United States.

Is Leaking Urine Normal?

You sneeze, laugh too hard, or cough—and urine leaks out. This type of urinary leakage is, unfortunately, fairly common among women, but we consider it anything but normal. Here’s why it happens and how we can help.

When to Have EssureⓇ Removed

You wanted a long-term solution for preventing pregnancy and you opted for Essure®. This implant was discontinued at the end of 2018 as some women developed complications. Here’s why they had Essure removed.

How Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treated?

One in five people in the United States has a sexually transmitted infection at any given time and, in women, these infections can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. Here’s how we can resolve both issues.

Five Barrier Birth Control Methods to Consider

You’re not keen on the idea of using hormones to prevent pregnancy, so you'd like to explore your options in barrier methods. Luckily, there are several to choose from, and we review five barrier options here.