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High Risk Pregnancy Specialists

Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Inner Richmond & Lakeside neighborhoods, San Francisco, CA

A high-risk during pregnancy indicates that you and your baby need a little extra care and monitoring. If you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, don’t hesitate to book a prenatal exam today. Schedule through the website or over the phone with either office.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy means that you or your baby (or both) have a higher risk of health problems either during pregnancy or after delivery. Any of the following factors may mean that you’re having a high-risk pregnancy:

  • Advanced maternal age over age 35
  • Multiple pregnancies, such as twins
  • Prior Cesarean section (C-section)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) 
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia 
  • Fibroids 
  • Fetal abnormalities detected in utero
  • History of preterm labor or delivery

Your personal medical history may also lead to a high-risk pregnancy. For example, if you have poorly controlled asthma or Type 2 diabetes, your risk of complications during pregnancy increases. Smoking and drug or alcohol use can also lead to a high-risk pregnancy.

Why should I be concerned about a high-risk pregnancy?

The caring OB/GYNs at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility are dedicated to ensuring you receive comprehensive care during your high-risk pregnancy. Frequent prenatal visits and expanded screenings are important because a high-risk pregnancy can lead to:

  • Increased risk of C-section
  • Low birth weight
  • Birth defects 
  • Preterm delivery

Throughout your high-risk pregnancy, your OB/GYN at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility schedules you for more frequent prenatal visits. Some high-risk pregnancy conditions require additional ultrasounds or fetal surveillance in the 3rd trimester to assess the well-being of the baby.  Your OB/GYN monitors you closely and provides any necessary treatments to ensure both you and your baby are healthy.

How does my OB/GYN help me during a high-risk pregnancy?

Your OB/GYN at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility counsels you throughout every step of your high-risk pregnancy. They coordinate all of your tests and screenings and help you manage your pregnancy to improve your health, as well as your baby’s health. They can help you:

  • Manage your weight and prevent excessive weight gain
  • Lower your blood pressure (hypertension management)
  • Learn about what you should be eating
  • Plan for labor and delivery
  • Stay more active

Rest assured, with the help of Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility, you can expect the comprehensive care you need. The OB/GYNs have extensive training in high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, so you can feel confident that you’re in capable hands.

Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility provides comprehensive care for high-risk pregnancies. You can schedule your prenatal exam online or call the San Francisco office nearest you directly.