High and Low Risk Obstetric Care

All pregnancies have some risk of problems. They can be caused by conditions you may already have or conditions you develop over the course of your pregnancy. These conditions can also include being pregnant with multiples, previous pregnancies where you have had a problem, or by being over the age of 35.

If you have a chronic condition or one of the aforementioned risk factors, you should speak with your obstetrician about how to minimize your risk factors before getting pregnant. Once you are pregnant, you may need to monitor your pregnancy, in a more specific way. Common conditions that complicate a pregnancies include:

* Heart disease
* High blood pressure
* Kidney problems
* Autoimmune disorders
* Sexually transmitted diseases
* Diabetes
* Cancer

There are conditions that can make pregnancy risky while you are pregnant, like gestational diabetes. Having quality prenatal care is essential to minimizing the risks to both you and your baby so call Dr. Smollen at 319-887-BABY (2229) to make an appointment today.

Category : Women's Health Posted on September 29, 2010

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