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While the term “high-risk pregnancy” sounds frightening, it merely signifies that you and your baby may have needs that require extra care and attention. At MemorialCare, our OB/GYN experts have helped thousands of women with high-risk pregnancies deliver healthy babies. We serve the residents of Long Beach, California, and the greater Orange County area.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

The term “high-risk pregnancy” indicates that either you or your baby may be at risk for complications during gestation or delivery. The term alerts your OB/GYN team of experts to provide specialized care and attention to ensure that you and your baby remain healthy.

You are considered to have a high-risk pregnancy if you are:
  • Overweight or obese
  • Underweight
  • Carrying more than one child
  • Younger than 17 or older than 35
Your pregnancy may also be considered high risk if you have pre-existing conditions, such as:
  • HIV/AIDS or other infections
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or fertility issues
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Family history of genetic disorders

Your pregnancy may also be labeled high risk if you or your baby develops problems during gestation, or if you go into early labor.

What happens if I have a high-risk pregnancy?

If your pregnancy is high risk, the OB/GYN specialists at MemorialCare will work with you to eliminate or minimize the risk factors by helping you manage your underlying conditions. They also help you to make lifestyle adjustments that optimize your health and the health of your baby.

They will coordinate with your other healthcare providers to ensure that everyone works together toward a healthy delivery.

What can I do to ensure a healthy delivery?

Many of the lifestyle adjustments recommended for women who have a high-risk pregnancy are the same for low-risk pregnancies. To maximize your chances for an uneventful delivery, be sure to:

  • Take at least 400 mcg folic acid daily
  • Stay up to date with immunizations
  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins, and good fats
  • Meet with your OB/GYN expert regularly for prenatal care
  • Exercise within the parameters prescribed by your doctor
  • Eliminate cigarettes, recreational drugs, and alcohol
  • Work with your healthcare team to address any underlying issues