High Risk Pregnancy

High Risk Pregnancy Specialist
When you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’re under constant stress, worrying about your health and your baby’s well-being. You need a caring OB/GYN doctor like Mikeal Love, MD who has extensive experience and success with high-risk pregnancies. If you’re in the Austin, Texas area, visit his practice which offers flexible scheduling, either online or over the phone. Book your prenatal appointment today.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

by Mikeal Love, MD

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

When you discover that you have a high-risk pregnancy, your heart sinks, and anxiety creeps in. However, the designation simply lets your prenatal team know that you need more attention than usual.

Your pregnancy could be high risk if you have:

  • High blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Type I or Type II diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

It’s also possible to have a high-risk pregnancy if you’ve had one before, or if you previously had three or more miscarriages. Even a pregnancy with two or more babies is considered high risk.

Because so many factors influence what’s defined as a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Love spends plenty of time letting you know exactly what you need to do to deliver a healthy and happy baby.  

What type of treatment do I need with a high-risk pregnancy?

Your relationship with Dr. Love and his team will grow due to your frequent prenatal visits. During your appointments, your prenatal team monitors you carefully to ensure everything is progressing smoothly.  Your treatment plan depends on the reasoning behind your high-risk pregnancy, but it could include:

  • Extra rest
  • Frequent blood pressure monitoring
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Dietary supplements
  • Increased fluid intake
  • Backup birthing plans
  • Weight monitoring

Will I be able to follow my birthing plan if my pregnancy is high-risk?

Dr. Love does everything he can to ensure that you get the opportunity to follow your birthing plan. But because high-risk pregnancies can sometimes throw things off the traditional path, your labor and delivery might not go as planned.

Speak with Dr. Love about alternative plans and what else you could expect. This way when that day finally comes, even if it’s not what you wanted, you have a backup plan in place. This helps minimize your stress level until your newborn finally arrives.


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