Obstetrics

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

The key to managing any factor contributing to a high-risk pregnancy is getting the best information.  The personal experience of family, friends and random strangers doesn’t count as expertise. Opinions aren’t facts. A google search or social media is not research. We will provide expert advice based on sound medical science and we will respect and support your decisions balanced against a frank assessment and explanation of the risks involved. Some conditions that make a pregnancy high risk:

 

  • Underlying health conditions: conditions such as diabetes, auto-immune diseases, kidney disease and high blood pressure.
  • Lifestyle factors: smoking, high alcohol consumption, drug use.
  • Family history of genetic conditions.
  • Problems during pregnancy: developing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia
  • Age: women over the age of 35 have a greater risk of complications
  • Weight: overweight women can have problems with blood pressure, risk of diabetes, and greater chance of needing a caesarean section.
  • Twins or triplets: carrying twins or triplets (or more) puts extra strain on your body and increases the risk of premature birth
  • Previous pregnancy or birth complications: women who have had a miscarriage/s, caesarean, premature birth or other complications
  • VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Caesarean.

What problems can arise from a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy means there is an above average risk of complications for you and your baby during your pregnancy, birth and after the delivery. With Dr. Winder’s vast experience in high-risk obstetrics and in emergency medicine, you are in the best hands. Some unexpected problems that can arise are:

  • Miscarriage
  • Developmental defects
  • Premature birth
  • Low birthweight

Total Pregnancy Care

We understand that while thinking about your precious baby is exciting, it can also be stressful, and with all the information available, a little overwhelming. We welcome questions. The more, the better. We are conveniently based in the Wollongong CBD and are here to ensure you have the best information for your circumstances and needs.

Total Pregnancy Care

We understand that while thinking about your precious baby is exciting. It can also be stressful, and with all the information available, a little overwhelming. We welcome questions. The more, the better. We want you to have the best information for your circumstances and needs.

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