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Management Strategies for a High-Risk Pregnancy

January 18, 2023

Doctors wheeling a trolley with a high-risk pregnancy mum

Navigating a high-risk pregnancy can be daunting, but it’s important to remain aware of the risks and take steps to reduce them.

With the right strategies in place, you can manage these risks and increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby safely.

Seek Care From An Experienced Provider

It’s important to understand that managing a high-risk pregnancy takes specialized care.

An experienced provider can give you the resources, tests, and guidance you need to manage risk factors associated with your condition. Be sure to research providers in your area and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Lady in second trimester - holding her bump - awareness is important in high-risk pregnancy

Implement Healthy Lifestyle Choices

One of the best methods for managing risk during a high-risk pregnancy is to prioritize your physical and emotional well-being.

Making lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol consumption, can have a profound impact on both mom and baby’s health.

Additionally, ensure you eat a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Exercise regularly under your provider’s guidance to help manage stress and improve overall physical health.

Learn About the Risks

Educating yourself on the risks that you and your baby face during a high-risk pregnancy is an important first step.

Knowing what to expect and addressing any issues early on can help ensure a healthy outcome for both mother and child.

Talk to your doctor about any medical concerns you may have, as well as any tests that may be necessary during your pregnancy.

Learning the symptoms of premature labour or other signs of distress allows you to take the appropriate action should they arise.

A specialised team is key to the success of a high-risk pregnancy

Understand Treatment Options

It’s important to understand the treatment options that are available for high-risk pregnancies.

Your doctor may recommend medications or lifestyle changes as part of your plan, so it’s important to learn as much as possible and ask questions if you don’t understand something.

Depending on the risks present, your doctor may suggest bedrest, medications, special care during labour and delivery, or other treatments.

Discuss all possible treatments with your physician to ensure that you are taking the steps necessary to ensure a healthy outcome for yourself and your baby.

Know When To See Your Doctor Immediately

If you experience any signs or symptoms that you feel could be dangerous, it’s important to see your doctor immediately.

Signs of a high-risk pregnancy can include:

  • Heavy bleeding,
  • Severe abdominal pain,
  • Fever,
  • Cramps, or
  • Any other sudden or unusual changes in your body.

Getting help if you think anything is wrong is critical so that you and your baby can get the care and attention necessary for a healthy outcome.

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Editing by AskAwayHealth Team


All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising  Medical Practitioners on various healthcare conditions to promote quality healthcare. 

The advice in our material is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare practitioner’s management of your specific condition.
Don’t hesitate to contact a health practitioner to discuss your condition or reach us directly 

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