High Risk Pregnancy
Factors for high risk pregnancy include:
- Advanced maternal age: Risks are higher in mothers aged 35 and older
- Lifestyle choices: Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and/or using drugs
- Medical history: A C-section in the past, premature birth, low birth weight baby, family history of genetic conditions, history of pregnancy loss or stillbirths
- Underlying conditions: Health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, anaemia, and infection
- Complications in pregnancy: Problems with the cervix, uterus or placenta, too much or too less amniotic fluid, restricted foetal growth and Rhesus sensitization.
- Multiple pregnancies: Pregnancy risks are higher in woman carrying twins or multiple babies.
To promote a healthy pregnancy, the following steps should be taken:
- Schedule a preconception appointment: CareIndia can provide counsel to you to start taking daily prenatal vitamins and reach a healthy weight before you become pregnant.
- Be cautious while using ART (Assisted reproductive techniques): Consider how many embryos will be implanted, as multiple pregnancies carry higher risk of preterm labour.
- Seek regular prenatal care: This includes regular visits to a specialist in maternal-foetal medicine, genetics, paediatrics or other areas.
- Eat a healthy diet: Eat foods which contain more folic acid, calcium, iron, and other essential nutrients. CareIndia can help provide a nutritional diet plan.
- Gain weight wisely: The right amount of weight can support your baby’s health. Nutritionists at CareIndia will understand your lifestyle and health concerns before customising the correct diet for you.
- Avoid risky substances: Smoking, alcohol and drugs are off limits in a pregnancy.