Skip to Main Content
Pregnant woman getting an ultrasound

What you need to know about high-risk pregnancies

High-risk pregnancies refer to pregnancies where there are potential complications that could pose risks to the health of the mother, the baby, or both. These complications can arise due to various factors, including maternal age, medical conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, lifestyle choices such as smoking or substance abuse, and previous pregnancy complications. Symptoms of high-risk pregnancies may include vaginal bleeding, severe nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, and signs of preterm labor. Identifying and managing these symptoms promptly is crucial to ensuring the best possible outcome for both mother and baby.

Prevention and management strategies for high-risk pregnancies often involve regular prenatal care, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and addressing any medical conditions or risk factors early on. Treatment options may include medication, bed rest, or in severe cases, surgical intervention. Additionally, support groups and resources are available to provide emotional support and practical assistance for individuals navigating high-risk pregnancies. By understanding the risk factors, recognizing symptoms early, and seeking appropriate medical care and support, individuals can better manage high-risk pregnancies and improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Find an OB-GYN

With locations across California, Dignity Health Medical Foundation is just right around the corner. Schedule an appointment today.

Risk factors for high-risk pregnancies

Certain conditions and lifestyle factors can increase the likelihood of complications during pregnancy. Explore the following risk factors to empower yourself with knowledge and take proactive steps for a safe and healthy pregnancy:

  • Maternal age. Advanced maternal age, typically defined as 35 and older, increases the risk of complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

  • Medical conditions. Preexisting conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders can elevate the risk of complications during pregnancy.

  • Lifestyle factors. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity can contribute to higher risks of preterm birth, low birth weight, and other complications.

  • Previous pregnancy history. Women with a history of previous pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth or miscarriage, may face increased risks in subsequent pregnancies.

  • Multiple gestation. Carrying twins, triplets, or higher-order multiples poses greater risks for both the mother and the babies, including preterm birth and low birth weight.

  • Environmental factors. Exposure to environmental toxins, pollutants, and certain medications can increase the risk of birth defects and pregnancy complications.

  • Socioeconomic factors. Limited access to health care, inadequate prenatal care, and socioeconomic disparities can impact pregnancy outcomes and increase risks for both mother and baby.

By recognizing these risk factors and working closely with health care providers, expectant mothers can take proactive measures to mitigate risks and promote a healthy pregnancy journey.

Care and support for high-risk pregnancies

Navigating a high-risk pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you're not alone. At Dignity Health Medical Group, we provide comprehensive care and unwavering support to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby. Our team of experienced health care professionals is dedicated to guiding you through every step of your pregnancy journey with compassion and expertise.

From specialized prenatal care to emotional support, we prioritize your well-being and the health of your baby. Our personalized approach to care includes:

  • Specialized medical care. Our team includes obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and other health care professionals with expertise in managing high-risk pregnancies. We tailor our medical care to address your specific needs and minimize potential complications.

  • Regular monitoring and screening. We conduct regular monitoring and screening tests to identify any potential issues early on and take proactive measures to manage them effectively.

  • Educational resources. We provide educational resources and counseling to help you understand your condition, treatment options, and steps you can take to promote a healthy pregnancy.

  • Emotional support. Pregnancy can be an emotional journey, especially when facing additional risks. We offer emotional support services and connect you with resources to address any concerns or anxiety you may have.

  • Collaborative care. We work closely with other health care providers and specialists as needed to ensure comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of your health and well-being.

At Dignity Health Medical Group, we're committed to providing you with the support and care you need to navigate your high-risk pregnancy with confidence and peace of mind. Trust us to be your partner in this journey, guiding you toward a healthy and happy outcome for you and your baby.

OBGYN locations in California

Find a gynecologist in California

With clinics throughout California, a Dignity Health Medical Foundation OB-GYN physician is right around the corner, waiting to assist you along your health journey.