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High Risk Pregnancy

Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology

OBGYNs located in New Albany, MS

Up to about 8% of pregnancies are considered “high risk,” meaning you need some extra medical care and attention because of underlying concerns (like advanced maternal age). If you’re going through a high-risk pregnancy, the compassionate team of board-certified OB/GYNs at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology provides comprehensive prenatal care in New Albany, Mississippi. You can book your high-risk pregnancy evaluation online or you can call to speak with a team member directly.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy involves receiving extra medical care — as compared to a normal pregnancy — to ensure both you and your little one are healthy. Your pregnancy may be considered “high risk” if:

  • You have a history of hypertension or develop it during pregnancy (preeclampsia)
  • You’re age 35 or over (advanced maternal age)
  • You have diabetes or develop gestational diabetes
  • You previously had a Cesarean section (C-section)
  • You’re pregnant with multiple babies
  • You’re overweight or obese

You may begin as a high-risk pregnancy, or develop concerns along the way and transition from a normal to a high-risk pregnancy. In either case, your dedicated OB/GYN cares for you every step of the way. 

Do I need special screenings if my pregnancy is high risk?

In many cases, yes, your doctor is going to recommend special screenings in addition to routine prenatal care evaluations. Having a high-risk pregnancy can lead to a high or low birth weight, as well as complications during labor and delivery. 

Additional screenings from Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology can help you prepare for or lower your risk of these types of issues. Common recommended screenings and tests for high-risk pregnancies include:

  • Biophysical profile to evaluate your baby’s well-being
  • Targeted ultrasound to check for abnormal development
  • Expanded laboratory testing, including infectious disease testing
  • Amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling to look for genetic conditions

The team at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology works together to ensure you receive the essential screenings you need throughout your high-risk pregnancy. 

How often do I need to see my OB/GYN during a high-risk pregnancy?

Having a high-risk pregnancy means that you need to have prenatal visits regularly. During a normal pregnancy, you typically schedule prenatal exams about once a month for the first 28 weeks. 

But if you’re having a high-risk pregnancy, your dedicated OB/GYN at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology may want you to check in every two weeks.

Typically after week 28, you need prenatal exams every 1-2 weeks. Your doctor at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology is likely going to want to see you weekly by about week 36 and through delivery.

Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology provides all of the care you and your baby need throughout your high-risk pregnancy. Book your evaluation online or over the phone today.