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Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy

Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy

Every woman hopes for smooth sailing during her pregnancy and delivery, and that’s exactly what most women get. But up to 8% of moms-to-be face the startling reality that their pregnancy may not go as planned. 

If you’ve been told your pregnancy puts you and your baby in a delicate medical situation, you want to make sure you have the best, most experienced specialist on your team — and in Homer, Alaska, that’s Katie Ostrom, MD

Dr. Ostrom and our team of gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatric experts know exactly how to handle any complication or emergency that may arise with you and your baby. But our goal is to keep you both safe and thriving so that these measures are never needed.

Here’s what you need to know about your high-risk pregnancy and how to manage it from conception to delivery.

What makes your pregnancy high-risk?

Pregnancy is a miraculous process that involves a multitude of variables, and if any one of them goes awry, it can lead to complications. Some of these are out of your control and others stem from choices you make. Here are the most common factors that can land you in the high-risk pregnancy category:

Your age

The female body is best equipped to reproduce after the age of 17 and before the age of 35. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a baby outside of these parameters, but it does mean that we may need to keep a closer eye on your progress throughout.

You’re having twins, triplets, or more

Multiples multiply your risks, but with the right care from Dr. Ostrom and our team, you and your babies will be just fine. Plan on more frequent appointments.

Your health

Most healthy women go through pregnancy and childbirth without a hitch, but if you have a preexisting health condition, it may complicate things. Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, an autoimmune disease, a sexually transmitted infection, or a genetic disorder, are examples of reasons we may need to take extra precautions during your pregnancy.

Your past pregnancies

If you’ve had difficulties carrying a baby to term in the past, or you’ve had other complications, including a C-section, you may be considered high-risk this time.

Your lifestyle

When you’re pregnant, your choices affect your pregnancy and your baby. If you use recreational drugs, smoke, or drink alcohol, you put your baby and your pregnancy at risk.

What are the risks of a high-risk pregnancy?

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating — most pregnancies occur without any problem, even high-risk pregnancies. 

However, we want you to be well-informed and fully prepared for any complications, which may include:

But don’t worry — we can handle whatever comes along, and so can you. Here are some tips for getting through your high-risk pregnancy with flying colors. 

Tips for managing a high-risk pregnancy

Every high-risk pregnancy is unique, so the steps you need to take to keep yourself and your baby healthy may differ from what another mom needs to do. Here are some universal guidelines to follow for any mom facing a complicated pregnancy.

Sleep well

Sleep is important when you’re not pregnant and when you have a low-risk pregnancy. When you have a high-risk pregnancy, sleep becomes essential. Quality sleep keeps your immune system in top shape and regulates growth hormones.

Take your vitamins

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body, so keep it fortified by taking prenatal vitamins everyday. Make sure the one you choose contains folic acid, iron, and calcium to help prevent birth defects. Dr. Ostrom can let you know if you need any other supplements as well. 

Make good choices

Everything you do affects your pregnancy and your baby’s development, and the stakes are even higher when you have a high-risk pregnancy. While you’re pregnant, don’t:

Do exercise regularly according to Dr. Ostrom’s parameters for your high-risk pregnancy. 

Stay informed and follow instructions

The best way to ensure your high-risk pregnancy is problem-free is to keep all your prenatal appointments with Dr. Ostrom and stay informed about what’s going on with your body. We monitor you carefully, so we can catch any problems early and treat them quickly. 

Managing your high-risk pregnancy is easier than you think, and you don’t have to do it alone. To reduce your risk during pregnancy and give your baby every advantage, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ostrom by calling our friendly staff or booking online today.

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