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What Are the Factors of a High-Risk Pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy that involves increased health risks for the pregnant woman, the fetus, or both. The experience of pregnancy is different for every individual. However, it’s important to understand which factors may present added risks. Some of these include:

  • Age older than 35 or a young teenager
  • Any pre-existing health conditions
  • Weight problems or lifestyle choices 
  • Preeclampsia and eclampsia

If you fall into any of these categories, talk to your provider about your pregnancy plans to determine if you should meet with a specialist. 

What Does a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Do?

Maternal-fetal medicine, or perinatology, is a branch of obstetrics that specializes in managing high-risk pregnancies before, during, and after pregnancy. If you meet the criteria for being at risk for a high-risk pregnancy, you may benefit from meeting with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. 

This specialist will evaluate your health to create the safest pregnancy plan for you. Working with your provider, they can ensure a high-quality labor and delivery process that prioritizes your and your baby’s safety. 

After the delivery, your maternal-fetal specialist will check your and your baby’s health and ensure you have the support you need to adjust to your new life. 

Talk to Your Square Care Medical Group Provider About High-Risk Pregnancies 

At Square Care Medical Group, your health and well-being are our priority. Our experts are committed to providing high-quality care that supports you throughout your life—including during a high-risk pregnancy. If you have questions about high-risk pregnancies or believe you could benefit from working with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, talk to your provider.