Pregnancy Risk factors

Are you planning a pregnancy ? It is important to find out if you have a risk factor. Some women have a greater chance of high risk pregnancy because of certain risk factors. These include genetic background,  medical condition and lifestyle.

Pregnancy risk factors include the following :

  • Being younger than 18 or older than 35 years
  • Being underweight or underweight
  • Having anemia
  • Not eating healthy
  • Having giving birth more than 4 times
  • Having a previous preterm birth
  • Having a previous pregnancy loss
  • Having giving birth to a very large or small baby
  • Having a family history of genetic disease or previous baby with genetic defects
  • Substance abuse such ( cigarette, alcohol, drugs)
  • Having a medical condition such as  diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease
  • Having a low socioeconomic status
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    Small for Gestational Age SGA : Know the causes

    Small for gestational age is used to refer to a baby who is smaller than the usual size  for the number of weeks of pregnancy. These babies usually have the birth weights below the 10th percentile for babies of the same gestational  age. They may appear physically and neurologically mature  but are smaller than other babies of the same gestational age. SGA babies may be proportionately small (equally small all over) or they may be of normal length and size but have lower weight and body mass. This condition can occur in babies who are premature, full term or post term. read more

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    Fetal Blood Sampling

    Fetal blood sampling is  a procedure  to remove a small amount of  blood from the fetus during  pregnancy. In the past, this procedure was used only during labor through the mother’s open cervix to test blood from the fetal scalp for oxygenation. The procedure is usually done by specialized trained  perinatologist, a doctor who specializes in the care of the fetus in high risk pregnancies. It is done as part of diagnosing fetal problems  at various times of pregnancy.

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    It can be done in the following situations : read more

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    What to do before your next pregnancy

    It is important to take certain steps to reduce the risk  for both you and your baby before your next pregnancy.  Proper health before getting pregnant is very important. The first few weeks of a child’s development is very crucial. However most women do not know that they are pregnant until several weeks after conception. Planning ahead and taking care of  yourself is the best thing you can do before you become pregnant .

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    One of the most important things you need to do is to go for a preconception care. During this visit , your health care provider  asses  your overall health  and identify  potential risk factors that can complicate your pregnancy. By preparing in advance , you can become your healthiest before becoming pregnant. A preconception read more

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    Using Medications During Pregnancy

    A pregnant woman should always check with her doctor before using   prescription or over the counter medication. This includes dietary supplements and herbs. All medications affect the fetus in a different way  depending the stage of development and type or dosage of medication being taken.

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    Women who take medication for preexisting  conditions such as epilepsy and high blood pressure  should always check with their doctors or midwives about these medications. It is important to find medications thats are safe for the fetus  as well as effective in treating the condition. read more

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    Avoiding a Cesarean

    There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past 30 years. More than a quarter of pregnant women in the U.S.A are likely to deliver through  cesarean.

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    Key Factors in Considering a Cesarean Birth

    Several factors can influence the choice of a cesarean vs vaginal delivery. This include the following :

  • Choice of health care provider and their philosophy regarding a cesarean birth.
  • Birth setting.
  • Access to labor support.
  • Medical interventions during labor.
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