High Risk Pregnancies: 3 Important Conversations To Have With Your Doctor

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The joy of expectancy is indescribable as is the pain of learning that something may be wrong with your pregnancy journey. You do not want anything to harm your baby, which is why you may become troubled to the extent of stressing out when you get wind that your expectancy is one of high risk.

You should not become alarmed to the extent of worrying but should instead remain calm and prepare to have an extensive discussion with your doctor about high-risk pregnancies. Here are three topics you may want to consider discussing.

The Risk Factors

You may be aware that becoming pregnant after age 35 automatically qualifies you as being a high-risk candidate. Did you know, though, that the peril grows deeper when you are expecting twins or triplets? In reality, you are a candidate for high-risk status even if you are younger than 35-years-old when you are carrying twins, triplets, and so on. Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure due to poor dieting decisions before conception may also affect your pregnancy. It is best to speak with a physician regarding all possible risk factors before coming to any conclusions.

Supplements And Medication

Folic acid, protein, calcium, and iron are key when you are pregnant. You should also ask your doctor about weight gain as putting on a few pounds is not abnormal but actually healthy when you are expecting. It is not a good idea to start taking medication or over-the-counter herb supplements on your own when you are pregnant. You should, instead, consider speaking with your physician about changing your routine.

Every pregnancy is different. There are so many variables that it’s impossible to be completely prepared. However, if there are any medications you’ve had adverse reactions to in the past, or that your doctor wants to avoid or prefers to use make sure that they are in your chart. When an emergency comes up the staff at hand may go as they usually do if the doctor is not available. Because of so many variables, it’s a great idea to check if your birthing center has IV pumps that are smart. This will help eliminate medical error and make sure that you are given the correct medicines and amounts for your pregnancy and reduce human error thus keeping you and your baby safe. For example, some women are given too much oxytocin or given oxytocin too fast. This is great to induce labor, but if not given properly your uterus can have side effects and make your birthing experience more traumatic for you and your child. Smart IV pumps help make sure all these details go as prescribed.

Prepare When You’re Healthy

There are specific signs that your pregnancy may be headed down the wrong road. You should pay special attention if you experience vaginal bleeding or encounter severe headaches on a regular basis. Watery vaginal discharge is also something that you may want to be on the lookout for as such fluids can indicate something worse. A gush of watery substance coming from your vagina should definitely be addressed during a meeting with your physician.  Make sure your loved ones know what to do in case of an emergency and you have a plan set in motion before the fact. It’s tempting when one is in an emergency to wait and see. This can stem from fear. Prepare now and stick to a plan.

Some expectant women do not pay much attention to decreased fetal activity. You, however, should pay attention if your unborn child does not kick now and again. Pain and burning with urination is equally something that you should speak to your doctor about when your expectancy is classified as a high-risk pregnancy.

There is much excitement surrounding family expansion. Use this guide to get the most out of your doctor’s visit regarding high-risk pregnancies.