High Risk Pregnancy Assessment Questions and Answers
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Pregnancy is an exciting time of a woman’s life, although it can also come with its stresses. In certain situations, a pregnancy can be high risk, which means that the life of the mother or fetus is in jeopardy. Fortunately, modern medicine has come a long way and can take several precautionary measures to ensure the health of the fetus and the mother. High risk pregnancies often require more frequent visits, and may necessitate lifestyle changes.
There are several tests performed to determine if a pregnancy is high risk, including:
Amniocentesis – An amniocentesis procedure involves collecting a sample of amniotic fluid—the fluid that surrounds and protects your unborn baby while inside the amniotic sac.
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) – A CVS test involves taking a sample of placental tissue composed of chorionic villus cells, which can detect conditions like Tay-Sachs disease, hemophilia and Down syndrome.
Fetal Blood Sampling and Intrauterine Transfusion – Fetal anemia, or a lack of blood cells, may lead to fetal heart failure. To check for signs of fetal anemia, a small amount of blood is extracted from your unborn baby’s umbilical cord.
Fetal Echocardiography – Sonographers perform this ultrasound imaging test to assess the development of the fetus’s heart.
Genetic Testing – If you have a known risk factor for a genetic disorder, such as cystic fibrosis or muscular dystrophy, your doctor may recommend genetic testing.
There are several ways to manage a high risk pregnancy, such as:
Create a plan with your healthcare provider – Work closely with your doctor and be proactive early on in your pregnancy; this can help minimize complications and prevent health concerns before they arise. Ask your provider how a high risk pregnancy will affect your birth plan, and make any necessary adjustments. Make sure you attend all of your prenatal appointments and maintain an open line of communication; this will provide peace of mind leading up to your due date.
Practice self-care – The best thing any expectant mother can do for their baby is to take great care of their health and wellness. Eat healthy foods and, with approval from your doctor, follow an exercise plan.
Get adequate sleep and avoid excessive stress – Working to maintain a healthy lifestyle can help improve your pregnancy and delivery and allow your child to enter this world in as best condition as possible.
Have a support system – It is essential to have family and friends to turn to and talk with throughout your pregnancy. In addition to your trusted medical professionals, a strong support system can help you navigate changes throughout your pregnancy.
A woman’s ability to work during a high risk pregnancy depends on several factors, such as the type of work involved, the workplace environment, and the type of risk involved with the pregnancy. In some cases, working might be permitted, but only with the approval from a healthcare provider. Certain working conditions might increase the risk of developing complications during pregnancy, such as:
– Exposure to harmful substances
– Prolonged standing
– Heavy lifting, climbing or carrying
– Excessive noise
– Heavy vibrations, such as from large machines
– Extreme temperatures
If you are concerned about any of these issues, talk to your healthcare provider and together you can decide if you need to take special precautions or modify your work duties during your pregnancy. Because above all else, your health and the health of your baby is the most important consideration.
Call us today to book an appointment for a high risk pregnancy assessment, or visit one of our two convenient locations: in Evergreen Park, IL, and Mokena, IL. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Oak Lawn IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL, and Bedford Park IL.
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- High Risk Pregnancy Assessment
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