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High Risk Pregnancy in Charleston, SC

High Risk Pregnancy in Charleston, SC

While a pregnancy is almost always a happy occasion, many women are faced with the prospect of a high risk pregnancy. Whether due to a pre-existing illness, age or any other factor a high risk pregnancy requires special care.

Request more information about high risk pregnancy and obstetrics today: call (843) 571-0200 or contact Harry Wade Boatwright online.

What is a High Risk Pregnancy?

A pregnancy is considered high risk when either the mother or child faces an increased chance of complications. Some of what causes a high risk pregnancy is pre-existing health conditions, while other risk factors include age or lifestyle choices.

A high risk pregnancy isn't necessarily “treated”, but is instead subject to much closer monitoring and more frequently health check-ups. If the high risk pregnancy is due to an underlying medical condition, treatment of that issue may need to happen before pregnancy occurs.

If it is determined that a high risk pregnancy is present, special steps may be taken. These can include blood testing, urine testing and additional ultrasounds. In some cases, a special facility or hospital that caters to high risk pregnancies may be used.

High Risk Pregnancy Factors

There are many different factors that can lead to a high risk pregnancy. Some non-illness high risk pregnancy factors include:

  • Age: Women younger than 17 or older than 35 face a higher risk of complications than women within that range.
  • Multiple-child pregnancy: In many cases, a multiple-baby pregnancy is automatically considered high risk.
  • Lifestyle: Mothers who are obese, underweight or have a history of substance abuse are considered to have a high risk pregnancy.
  • Past pregnancy issues: If a mother has dealt with multiple miscarriages, early birth, and pregnancy seizures or has had previous high-risk pregnancy, this is also a factor.

Many high risk pregnancies also stem from health issues present in the fetus, including Down syndrome, heart problems and lung issues.

Still other high risk pregnancies are caused by a pre-existing health condition in the mother. Some of these illnesses can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma

Certain medications may affect pregnancy risk as well.

Request Obstetric Information Today

If you believe you are entering a high risk pregnancy, contact a medical professional immediately. Request more information about obstetric care: call (843) 571-0200 or contact Harry Wade Boatwright online.

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2093 Henry Tecklenburg Drive
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(843) 571-0200
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