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Expert care for a high-risk pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy indicates that you or your unborn baby may have a higher risk for a potentially dangerous medical condition. Having a high-risk pregnancy doesn’t mean you’ll definitely experience problems. However, you will need ongoing support throughout your pregnancy to decrease the chances of complications and ensure a smooth birth.

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, look for a skilled obstetrician with Dignity Health for the level of care you need to stay safe and healthy. Find a Doctor near you for expert care for you and your unborn child.


Symptoms of a high-risk pregnancy

Not every woman with a high-risk pregnancy experiences the same symptoms. Depending on the underlying condition, you may have high blood pressure or high blood sugar. Your doctor can perform prenatal testing to diagnose or rule out various maternal conditions that lead to a high-risk pregnancy.


What causes a high-risk pregnancy?

A pre-existing medical condition, certain lifestyle habits, and age can all increase your chances of a high-risk pregnancy. Carrying more than one fetus, or multiple gestation, can also lead to pregnancy-related complications.

Some risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • First-time pregnancy after 35 or during your teen years
  • Smoking or alcohol use
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Lupus
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

You can reduce your chances of a high-risk pregnancy by controlling certain lifestyle factors, such as quitting smoking or drinking alcohol during your pregnancy. Your doctor will provide expert guidance to help you lower your risk and have a healthy pregnancy.


Treating pregnancy complications at Dignity Health

When you have a high-risk pregnancy, a team of experts works closely together to monitor and treat your complications. Your team will consist of your obstetrician, nurses, and other specialists who are all experienced in maternal fetal medicine.

To help control pregnancy-related complications, you can expect: 

  • Personalized prenatal care
  • Fetal monitoring
  • Adjustment to prescription medications
  • Management for chronic diseases 

Trust a Dignity Health physician to take care of you and your baby during your high-risk pregnancy.

Dignity Health offers comprehensive maternity services for your high-risk pregnancy in Bakersfield, Merced, and Stockton, CA.


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