Women's Health Texas – San Antonio

High Risk Pregnancy

Our San Antonio OBGYNs carefully monitor your high risk pregnancy

When there are complications during your pregnancy that may affect your health or your baby’s, you have a high risk pregnancy. You need a physician who will provide individualized care and monitoring to ensure the best possible pregnancy, labor and delivery. Our San Antonio OBGYNs will work closely with you, providing counseling and testing along with more frequent appointments, to help us keep your pregnancy on track.

High risk pregnancy factors include preexisting health conditions

If you have chronic health problems or conditions prior to becoming pregnant, your pregnancy will be monitored for complications.

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus or multiple sclerosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Thyroid disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Obesity
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Previous uterine surgery

Other risk factors include age, lifestyle and pregnancy conditions

Age

If a woman is on the older-end or younger-end of her reproductive years, she may be a high risk pregnancy patient.

Mothers over 35 will receive extra care and monitoring. These women have a higher risk for C-sections; long labors, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, delivery complications and giving birth to infants who have genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. Women 40 and older have an increased risk of stillbirth that require monitoring at the end of pregnancy and delivery by their due date.

Teens are also high risk patients. They are more likely to develop anemia, experience preterm labor and develop high blood pressure. They are also less likely to receive regular prenatal care.

Lifestyle choices

These high risk factors are the ones that women can control by making good choices concerning smoking, alcohol use and recreational drug use. Our San Antonio OBGYNs understand that this can be difficult, and we are here to help. We encourage you to discuss lifestyle and high risk pregnancy with us at your preconception planning appointment or your first prenatal visit.

Pregnancy conditions

High risk pregnancy conditions can cause complications for the mother and the baby. When women have gestational diabetes, we monitor them closely and prescribe a diet and treatment plan. Preeclampsia occurs at week 20 or later in the pregnancy, when blood pressure increases suddenly. Eclampsia is a more serious problem. Both conditions must be carefully monitored for mother and baby’s safety.

If a mother is pregnant with more than one baby, multiple gestation, she is at risk for preterm birth, low weight babies, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and cesarean section.

Our San Antonio OBGYNs provide the care and attention you need during pregnancy, labor and delivery

During your high risk pregnancy, we offer complete obstetrics care. You and your baby will be in good hands. For more information about high risk pregnancy care, contact us.