High Risk Pregnancy - What is a High Risk Pregnancy?
UAB Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists
Sitting L-R: Sheri M. Jenkins, MD, Richard O. Davis, MD, Lorie M. Harper, MD, Joseph R. Biggio, Jr., MD, Debora F. Kimberlin, MD, Luisa A. Wetta, MD.
Standing L-R: Alan T.N. Tita, MD, John Owen, MD, Alice R. Goepfert, MD, Rodney K. Edwards, MD, Cynthia G. Brumfield, MD, William W. Andrews, MD.
Becoming pregnant can be a joyous occasion in a woman’s life. And while most pregnancies progress without incident, more and more are becoming high risk.
A high-risk pregnancy is any pregnancy where there could be health problems for mother or baby. And while the term “high risk” sounds scary, it simply means that extra special attention must be paid to both. Certain health factors can increase a mother’s chance of having a high-risk pregnancy, including:
- High Blood pressure
- Kidney Disease
In addition, your pregnancy may be high risk if:
- you are under 17 or over 35 years old
- you are a smoker
- you use alcohol in excess
- you use illegal drugs
- you are having a multiple pregnancy (twin, triplets, etc)
- you have had three or more miscarriages
- your baby has been found to have a genetic condition
- you have an infection such as HIV or Hepatitis-C
- you are taking certain medications, such as lithium, phenytoin (such as Dilantin), valproic acid (Depakene), or carbamazepine (such as Tegretol)
- in a previous pregnancy, your baby was born with a genetic condition such as Down Syndrome, you had seizures or pre-term labor
If any of these factors apply to you, you will have more appointments with your obstetritian than most expecting mothers. Additionally, certain tests and medications may be administered to ensure your health and the health of your baby.
Make an Appointment
UAB’s maternal-fetal medicine specialists can promptly accept patients who have had or are at risk of a complicated pregnancy. Request an Appointment online or call 205.934.9999 or toll free 800.822.8816. To reach the clinic directly, call 205.934.2173