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High-Risk Pregnancy

A “high-risk” pregnancy is a term that describes that a woman has one or many things that can raise the chance for the baby or the mother to any health problem or early delivery. Having a baby is a natural process; it generally occurs smoothly but not all the time. Pregnancy is a high risk when the doctor feels any potential complications that might affect the baby or mother or sometimes both. High-risk pregnancy requires management, and for this, you should consult the best gynecologist in Karachi.

What symptoms should you watch for?

Lost consciousness, having seizures, severe vaginal bleeding, extreme belly or pelvis pain, vaginal leaking, severe headache, cramping, regular contractions with or without pain, if you notice that baby’s movement is stopped are some symptoms which indicate that you need a medical care as soon as possible. 

Condition In High Risk Pregnancy

If you have any medical condition, you must consult the best obstetrician or the best gynecologist in Karachi before deciding to become pregnant. Common diseases or risk factors that increase the chance of having high risk or complicated pregnancy are Medical conditions that occur before pregnancy like high blood pressure, kidney, severe heart problems; diabetes; some autoimmune disease; and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); or chronic infections such as HIV can present risks for mothers and their unborn baby. 

Maternal Age is the most common risk factors for a high-risk or complicated pregnancy. Women below fewer than 17 or above 35 years of age are at greater risk of complications than others. The risk of miscarriage and inherited defects further increases if the women are above 40.

A history of miscarriage, problems with a previous pregnancy or pregnancies, or a family history of genetic disorders is also risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy.

Multiple births: There is always a risk when women carry more than one fetus, twins or high order multiples. Common complications that include are preeclampsia, preterm birth, and premature labor. According to a study more than one-half of all the twins and 93% of triplets are born within 37th weeks of gestation.

Preeclampsia is a condition characterized by high blood pressure, urinary protein, Blurred vision, Vomiting, Shortness of breath, and swelling; it can be dangerous or sometimes can be fatal for both the mother and baby not timely treated. If it is appropriately managed most women with preeclampsia, have healthy babies.

Gestational diabetes is one of the types of diabetes that occur during pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes may have healthy babies without any severe risks if they follow their healthcare provider’s proper treatment plan. This condition usually resolves after delivery. However, these women are at increased risk of having type 2 diabetes.

Cardiac problems: Pregnancy effects and stresses your heart and circulatory system, the blood volume and heart rate increase by 30 to 50 % that aid in nourishing the developing or growing baby. Delivery also increases the heart’s workload, and your heart takes times to get back to normal even after the delivery. However, the risks of pregnancy depend on the severity of the heart condition.

Minor heart rhythm issues are common during pregnancy; they’re not generally the cause for concern. The arrhythmia can be treated with certain medicines.

Heart valve issues, artificial and abnormal valve can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy and can be fatal as well. If your valves aren’t functioning correctly, it will cause trouble tolerating the increased blood flow during pregnancy.

Congestive heart failure is also a reason to cause complications during pregnancy as an increment in the blood volume makes congestive heart failure worsen.

If you were born with a heart problem, there is a greater risk of developing heart condition.

Certain heart conditions like mitral valve narrowing or aortic valve can also cause life-threatening risks for mothers or babies. 

Pregnancy is not recommended with women with Eisenmenger’s syndrome, a rare congenital condition or high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension. 

Depending on the condition’s nature and severity, some heart conditions require primary treatments like heart surgery before you try to conceive

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