High-Risk Pregnancy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV

A high-risk pregnancy means the baby or the mother have an increased chance of medical complications before birth. Some high-risk pregnancies deliver without any problems, with neither mother or child experiencing any issues. Other high-risk pregnancies require special labor and delivery services, postnatal care, and involve serious threats to the health of the child, mother, or both.

Find a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. In the event that a complication occurs after birth, our San Martín Campus offers a Level II NICU and our Siena Campus offers a Level III NICU, the highest level of care. Call us at (702) 616-4900 to tour one of our birth centers.


Signs of High-Risk Pregnancy

The signs of high-risk pregnancy vary and depend on what’s causing the risk or complications. Common symptoms of high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Abnormal fetal growth
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar


What Causes High-Risk Pregnancy?

Risk factors for pregnancy complications include:

  • Age — Teenagers and women older than 35 are more likely to have a high-risk pregnancy; this is especially true for first-time moms older than 35
  • Certain health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, obesity, HIV, epilepsy, anemia, and autoimmune diseases (such as lupus or multiple sclerosis)
  • Smoking
  • Preeclampsia and eclampsia (high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy)
  • Gestational diabetes (diabetes that starts during pregnancy)
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Pregnancy with more than one baby at a time (multiple gestation)


High-Risk Pregnancy Care at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican

Preventing and treating high-risk pregnancy depends on what has caused it. Women who have pre-existing medical conditions should work with their doctors to keep those conditions under control.

A woman who drinks alcohol, smokes, or uses illegal drugs can decrease the risk to her pregnancy by avoiding these substances.

Women who develop risk factors during their pregnancies — such as preeclampsia — should follow their prescribed treatment plan. Maintaining your overall health can also decrease your risk of problems during pregnancy, no matter your age.

Regular prenatal care is essential for women with high-risk pregnancies. It may include treatment by multiple health care providers and careful monitoring.

Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides expert care for high-risk pregnancy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.