What type of doctor will you see for a high-risk pregnancy?
Some women will see a doctor who has extra training in
high-risk pregnancies. These doctors are called maternal-fetal specialists, or
perinatologists. You may see this doctor and your
regular doctor. Or the specialist may be your doctor throughout your pregnancy.
What can you do to help have a healthy pregnancy?
You can help yourself and your baby be as healthy as possible:
Go to all your doctor visits so that you
don't miss tests to catch any new problems.
Eat a healthy diet that
includes protein, milk and milk products, fruits, and vegetables. Talk to your
doctor about any changes you may need in your diet.
medicines, iron, or vitamins that your doctor prescribes. Don't take any
vitamins or medicines (including
over-the-counter medicines) without talking to your
Take folic acid daily. Folic acid
is a B vitamin. Taking folic acid before and during early pregnancy reduces
your chance of having a baby with a
neural tube defect or other birth
Follow your doctor's instructions for activity. Your doctor
will let you know if you can work and exercise.
Do not smoke. If
you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about stop-smoking programs and
medicines. Avoid other people's tobacco smoke.
Do not drink
Stay away from people who have colds and other
pregnant woman, you need to watch for any signs of problems. This doesn't mean
that you will have any problems. But if you have any of these symptoms, it's
important to get care quickly.
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you think you need emergency care. For example,
You passed out (lost
You have severe vaginal bleeding.
have severe pain in your belly or pelvis.
You have had fluid
gushing or leaking from your vagina and you know or
think the umbilical cord is bulging into your vagina. If this happens,
immediately get down on your knees so your rear end (buttocks) is higher than
your head. This will decrease the pressure on the cord until help
Call your doctor now or seek
medical care right away if:
You have signs of preeclampsia, such as:
Sudden swelling of your face, hands, or
New vision problems (such as dimness or
A severe headache.
You have any vaginal bleeding.
You have belly pain or cramping.
You have a fever.
You have had regular contractions (with or without pain) for an hour. This
means that you have 8 or more in 1 hour or 4 or more in 20 minutes after
you change your position and drink fluids.
You have a sudden
release of fluid from your vagina.
You have low back pain or
pelvic pressure that does not go away.
You notice that your baby
has stopped moving or is moving much less than normal.