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High-Risk Pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy does not always imply that it will be more difficult or harder than a low-risk pregnancy. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need to see a maternal-fetal medicine expert.

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists deal with these issues. Perinatology, or maternal-fetal medicine, is a specialty of medicine that focuses on the health of the mother and fetus before, during, and immediately after pregnancy. It is a specialised field of Obstetrics People prone to high-risk pregnancies are:

Pre-existing medical problem: Many pre-existing medical disorders, such as diabetes, lupus, renal illness, and hypertension, may need to be managed throughout pregnancy (high blood pressure). A maternal-fetal medicine expert may change the sort of medication you're taking in some cases to preserve your health and avoid any negative effects on future pregnancies.

  • Diabetes
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Obesity

Genetic Risks: Genetic screening has grown increasingly popular in recent years. It is performed to determine your and your partner's chance of becoming carriers if you have family members with an illness or if you belong to an ethnicity with a higher risk of getting particular disorders (such as sickle cell disease or Tay-Sachs disease). A blood test can also be used to check for prevalent hereditary diseases like cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy.

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