What types of healthcare services do I need throughout a high risk pregnancy?

While some mothers are diagnosed with high-risk pregnancies early on, others may develop complications that require attention later in their pregnancy. Regardless of when, you'll want to ensure you have access to the right type of healthcare services to support a healthy pregnancy.

Common High Risk Pregnancy Conditions

Find an OB/GYN who specializes in High Risk Pregnancy Care

  • Diabetes
  • Multiples pregnancy
  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Fertility issues
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Hypertension or Preeclampsia
  • Incompetent or weakened cervix
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Placenta accreta

Make sure you have access to

  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists
  • Maternal-fetal transport
  • MFM clinics
  • NICU facilities
  • Board Certified Neonatologist and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nutritionist or dietician

Perinatal Diabetes

Talk with our Perinatal Diabetes Experts: (713) 383-2839

Women with pre-existing diabetes can experience high blood sugars in the first trimester which can lead to birth defects or miscarriages and/or complications later in the pregnancy. You'll want to make sure you can manage blood glucose levels during pregnancy through:

  • Blood sugar control
  • Pattern management
  • Use of medications
  • Meal planning
  • Exercise

Build a Perinatal Diabetes Management Team

It's important to assemble a team of health professionals specifically designed to meet the needs of women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Obstetrician who handles high risk pregnancies
  • Neonatologist able to treat problems that occur in newborns with diabetic mothers
  • Registered dietician
  • Diabetes educator

Pregnancy with Multiples

Connect with our Multiples Clinic: (713) 383-2895

Multiple-gestation pregnancies are often considered high-risk and require specialized care and monitoring. The highest risk is preterm labor and delivery, which increases the chance of your babies developing health problems. Other pregnancy complications include:

  • Low birth rate
  • Preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Cesarean
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
  • Placental Abruption
  • Fetal loss

Seek out specialized care for multiple births

If you are pregnant with multiples, you will want to ensure that you have access to specialists and support, such as:

  • Maternal-fetal medicine consultations
  • Genetic consultants
  • Antepartum care
  • Personalized nutritional counseling
  • Educational opportunities and support groups