5 Safety Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy

Did you know that six to eight percent of pregnancies are considered high-risk? 

There isn’t one thing in particular that makes a pregnancy high-risk. Rather, there are a couple of different factors. These include:

As you can see, there are many causes for a high-risk pregnancy. Here, at Marsha K Howerton, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology, your reproductive health is incredibly important to us, which is why we’ve made you this guide of safety tips to keep you and your baby healthy. 

Eat healthy

Following a healthy diet that’s rich in protein, fiber, iron, calcium, folic acid, and other essential nutrients is key to ensuring your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible. You may even benefit from a daily prenatal vitamin, especially if you aren’t getting enough nutrients from your other foods.

Schedule regular prenatal visits

Be sure to keep up with all your appointments, as this ensures we can monitor your health and catch any problems in the early stages. This helps to make sure you and your baby stay healthy.

Avoid substances

Smoking and drinking alcohol are incredibly detrimental to the health of your child. Quitting smoking and cutting out alcohol, or illegal substances, is a must during your pregnancy. Talk to us about any medications you’re on as well.

Gain weight gradually

Gaining weight with care ensures you don’t have complications like gestational diabetes during the course of your pregnancy. We can help you with this, as it’s important to your baby’s health that you gain weight in a way that’s not too rapid.

Follow your doctor’s instructions

In some cases, you may need special tests or added care. We may need to run special tests, enhanced ultrasounds, or other procedures, to make sure your pregnancy is going smoothly.

As always, be sure to update us on anything you may notice during your pregnancy. This provides us all the information we need to make informed decisions about your health and the health of your baby. 

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we offer, visit our website today. You can also call us at 918-216-0749. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your pregnancy journey. 

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