High-Risk Pregnancy Care in South Miami, FL
What is Considered to be a High-Risk Pregnancy?
All pregnancies have some degree of risk, but high-risk pregnancies carry more risks to the mother and developing baby. A high-risk pregnancy may be the result of a preexisting medical condition or the onset of a new condition during pregnancy. With close follow up, most women with high-risk pregnancies deliver healthy babies.
Some of the medical conditions that make a pregnancy high-risk include cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problems, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, thyroid disorders, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV or AIDS. Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, eclampsia, preterm labor and placenta previa, are some of the conditions that may develop during pregnancy and turn and otherwise normal pregnancy into a high-risk one. Also, pregnancies in women over the age of 35 are classified as high-risk.
Women with high-risk pregnancy are monitored closely. This means that they may required to be seen more frequently than women without high risk pregnancies, and undergo more ultrasounds or blood tests.
In some cases, women with high-risk pregnancy may need to have a C-section or be induced for labor.
If we determine that you have a high-risk pregnancy you will be referred to the Materno-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist. We are proud to count with the support of excellent High-Risk or Perinatology practices that provide our patients with the additional support and State of the Art Testing if the need for these services arises.