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A high-risk pregnancy is one in which there is a higher probability of complications before, during, or after delivery and it needs more monitoring than a typical pregnancy. Despite the danger of difficulties, a high-risk pregnancy can result in a safe birth and a healthy baby with early and frequent prenatal care.
Your doctor will begin to gather information early in your pregnancy to see if you are at risk for pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia or eclampsia, premature birth, uterine growth restriction or certain birth defects.
Here are ways you can manage a high-risk pregnancy
1 Prepare for your pregnancy
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Prepare for pregnancy by scheduling an appointment with your doctor as soon as you decide to start a family, especially if you have a health problem like diabetes or high blood pressure. Your doctor can collect information about your general health, give you advice on how to stay healthy, and refer you to experts if necessary, based on your specific needs.
2 Take folic acid
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Folic acid can help prevent low birth weight and congenital disabilities like spina bifida, which can lead to a high-risk pregnancy and long-term complications for your kid. Other high-risk pregnancy diseases such gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and heart disease may be reduced by folic acid. All women of reproductive age especially those who are or intend to become pregnant, should take 400 mcg of folic acid every day.
3 Attend all of your doctor's appointments
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High-risk pregnancies need more monitoring, care, and treatment than low-risk pregnancies. So, while it may take up a lot of your time and you may feel like you're always going to a health care center, make a point of attending all of your prenatal testing and checkups.
4 Eat a well balanced diet
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If you have particular nutritional needs due to a special diet, diabetes, or an eating disorder, your doctor may recommend that you consult a nutritionist or dietician to ensure you're getting the nutrition you require during your pregnancy.
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