You’re thrilled to find out you’re pregnant, but your excitement is dampened when you hear the words, “high risk.” There are many different reasons why pregnant women are classified as high risk, but ultimately all have to do with the safety of the mother and the unborn child.
As you embark on your high-risk pregnancy, high-risk obstetric specialist Dr. Fernando Otero and the team here at Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley want to ensure that you do your best to take care of yourself during this time, and we present the following tips to that end.
Ask questions and stay informed
When you embark on a high-risk pregnancy, it’s likely that you’ll need a higher standard of care. For example, we may increase your prenatal visits so we can monitor your pregnancy more closely.
Since you’ll be seeing us more often, we encourage you to use this time wisely. For example, you’re bound to have many questions about your high-risk pregnancy, and we urge you to write them down as they come up so we can review them when you’re here. We believe education is paramount when it comes to navigating a high-risk pregnancy, and there’s no such thing as a silly question as far as we’re concerned.
Follow our guidelines
Any pregnancy comes with a list of dos and don’ts, and yours may be a little more extensive because of your heightened risk. We urge you to follow our instructions carefully, as they’re all designed with your unborn child’s and your safety in mind.
Find ways to relax
A high-risk pregnancy can be an anxious time, and stress and worry can only add to the problem. We urge you to find ways to relax.
Many of our clients have found the following very helpful:
- Deep-breathing exercises
- Massage therapy
These are just a few ideas, and you may have some of your own. Whatever works to help you relax, we encourage you to do more of it during your pregnancy.
Scores of women are placed into the high-risk pregnancy category at any given time, and you might find some comfort and support by connecting with them. Two great examples are https://www.sidelines.org/ and https://www.highriskhope.org/.
While these types of groups are excellent, you should also enlist family and friends for a little extra support during this time. Don’t be afraid to talk with them about what you’re going through — you might be surprised by how helpful these loved ones can be.
If you take steps to take care of yourself during your high-risk pregnancy, they can go a long way toward making the nine months go more smoothly. To learn more about negotiating a high-risk pregnancy, contact one of our offices in McAllen or Edinburg, Texas, to schedule a consultation.