Many women wonder whether their pregnancy is “high-risk” or not. High-risk pregnancies usually require closer monitoring and should be managed by a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist (high-risk obstetrician).
Some women are absolutely “high-risk” and need to be cared for by an experienced obstetrician. These include:
- Women expecting twins and triplets
- Women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Women with other chronic medical problems, such as epilepsy, previous blood clots, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, bleeding conditions etc.
- Women with previous serious pregnancy complications, including preterm delivery, pre-eclampsia, small baby, anal sphincter tear, stillbirth etc.
- Couples with a family history of certain genetic or chromosomal conditions
Other women may have additional risk factors that warrant closer monitoring, although most will have straight forward pregnancies. These include:
- Women with common underlying problems such as asthma and underactive thyroid
- Women with a previous caesarean section
- Women with previous miscarriage
- Women with a previous abnormal pap smear or cervical treatment (LLETZ, cone)
- Women with a strong family history of pregnancy-related complications
Dr. Colin Walsh is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist. In the US, MFM specialists are referred to as Perinatologists. MFM specialists are Obstetricians who have completed an additional 2-3 years training in the management of high-risk pregnancies and are thus considered experts in complex pregnancy care. If you think your pregnancy might be high-risk and you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Walsh, please call us on 1300 460 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.