The perinatology division of Rock Hill GYN & OB provides comprehensive care to mothers-to-be with a high-risk pregnancy. This is any pregnancy where there are one or more factors that could lead to complications throughout the pregnancy. Our board-certified perinatologists assist women in every phase of their high-risk pregnancy while striving for the best possible outcome. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

What is Perinatology?

Perinatology is a subspecialty of obstetrics that is concerned with the care of the fetus during high-risk pregnancies. Women who are a higher risk of developing problems or complications during pregnancy are often sent to a perinatologist to ensure the pregnancy is as healthy as possible.

Factors that Increase the Chance of High-Risk Pregnancy

Your pregnancy may be considered high risk from the beginning if you already have certain medical conditions or if you have had a previous high-risk pregnancy. Your pregnancy may become high-risk at any point throughout if you develop certain conditions. Conditions that result in a pregnancy being considered high risk include:

  • Preeclampsia – When a pregnant woman has dangerously high blood pressure and large amounts of protein in her urine. The condition typically occurs around week 32 of pregnancy. A perinatologist will be able to help a woman suffering from preeclampsia stay healthy throughout the remaining weeks of her pregnancy.
  • Blood Disorders – These include blood clots, bleeding during pregnancy, anemia, and abnormal menstrual bleeding. With proper care these can be managed, but it does increase the risk to the mother and her baby if they are present.
  • Preterm Labor – Preterm labor is when labor starts between weeks 20 – 37. The earlier the delivery, the greater the chance the baby’s organs will be underdeveloped. Preterm labor is often stopped with medications and women are usually allowed limited mobility until after week 37.
  • Fetal Growth Restriction – This slowed growth for the baby can be caused by placental abnormalities and hypertension during pregnancy.
  • Maternal Age – If a woman is under 17 or more than 35, they are at a higher risk of pregnancy complications and will be monitored throughout pregnancy.
  • Being Pregnant with Multiples – Women who are carrying two or more babies in a single pregnancy are at a higher risk for complications including preterm birth.
  • Diabetes – Women who have diabetes and become pregnant may be faced with serious complications if it is not properly managed. It can also lead to birth defects.
  • Gestational Diabetes – This is a form of diabetes that can occur after becoming pregnant and it causes high blood sugar that can have a negative impact on your pregnancy and the health of your baby. I can be managed with a proper diet. Usually blood sugar levels return to normal after giving birth.
  • Weight – If a person is classified as underweight or obese, a pregnancy can be considered high-risk and dangerous. Please check with your physician prior to receive preconception counseling in order to ensure you’re at a healthy weight for pregnancy.

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