High Risk Pregnancy Care
Pregnancy Care And Treatment
Having a high-risk pregnancy means a woman has a greater chance of complications because of conditions in her pregnancy, her medical status, or external factors. Many times, complications are unexpected and may occur without warning. Other times, there are certain risk factors that make problems more likely. Our division of Gynaecology, also known as High-Risk Obstetrics, provides expert, multidisciplinary care for women and newborns with complications identified before or during pregnancy. We provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of fetal disease. Women without pregnancy complications also are welcome for services, including genetic counselling. High-risk newborns are cared for by the speciality staff.
Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services
Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment of Fetal Disease
Co-management with Community-based Obstetricians
High-Risk Ambulatory and Inpatient Consultation
What Can Cause a High-Risk Pregnancy?
Planning a pregnancy? An essential part of planning is finding out if you have any risks. Pregnancy risk factors include:
Being younger than 18 or older than 35
Being underweight or overweight
Having a low red blood cell count (anemia)
Having given birth more than four times
Having a previous preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks gestation)
Having given birth to a very large or very small baby
Having a previous pregnancy loss
Having a family history of genetic disease or a previous baby with a birth defect
Substance use (cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs)
Having a medical condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease
Taking infertility medications or treatments
Having twins or triplets
Other factors also can pose a risk to your developing baby. These include high temperatures, radiation exposure, and high altitudes.