A Look at High-Risk Pregnancy
While many women need only to focus on maintaining a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, others develop conditions that cause high-risk pregnancies. A high-risk pregnancy increases the chances of complications during the development of the baby, which can result in chronic health issues and other serious medical implications for both the mother and child.
The factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy can be present before conception or can develop during pregnancy.
- Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can develop during pregnancy. When a woman develops this condition, she experiences high blood pressure and protein in the urine. If pre-eclampsia goes untreated, the disease can adversely affect the mother’s liver, kidneys and brain and can be fatal to both her and her baby.
- Gestational diabetes is another condition that occurs temporarily during pregnancy. With a proper treatment plan, a woman can control her diabetes and give birth to a healthy child; without maintenance of the disease, however, the consistently high blood sugar levels can lead to complications with delivery and an increased risk of newborn death or stillbirth.
- HIV or AIDS can complicate a pregnancy if a mother carries the virus. HIV severely damages the body’s immune system, resulting in the reduced ability to fight infection. Without knowing the proper ways of preventing transmission from mother to baby, this virus can infect a developing child at any point during pregnancy or birth.
- Pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or breathing, heart, or kidney problems can become exacerbated during a pregnancy, putting mother and child in danger. Seeking guidance from a physician regularly will help to ensure the health of both mother and child.
The Riverside Community Hospital Women’s and Children’s Services Center offers comprehensive high-risk pregnancy services, providing assessment and diagnosis before your baby is born. Learn more about our treatment and management of pregnancy-related conditions by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.