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High-Risk Pregnancy OB/GYN in NYC

While around 80% of pregnancies occur without complications, the frequency of high-risk pregnancies is increasing.

The gynecologists and maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Maiden Lane Medical offer comprehensive and personalized prenatal care for people with high-risk pregnancies at their eight offices located throughout Manhattan, NY. Contact us to book your visit today.

A pregnant woman looking down at belly with a worried look.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy might sound frightening, but most of these pregnancies progress without incident. Clinically, they occur when the mother or fetus has a condition that could cause complications. In most cases, this simply means that your OB/GYN monitors your pregnancy more closely, and you may have more prenatal tests.

Advanced maternal age (over 35) and obesity are two of the most common reasons for a pregnancy to have a greater chance of complications.

Pregnancy may also be classified as high-risk if the mother has:

Pregnancies also have an increased risk of complications when the mother is having two or more babies or if she has a personal or family history of genetic problems. There are also some fetal conditions that indicate a higher risk of pregnancy complications.

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What are the potential complications of a high-risk pregnancy?

Your fetal medicine specialists will work with you to lower your risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery.

However, some of the more common complications that can occur include:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Eclampsia
  • Preterm delivery
  • Excessive bleeding during labor and delivery, or after birth
  • Low or high birth weight
  • Birth defects
  • Problems with your baby’s brain development
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Vasa Previa

How is a high-risk pregnancy diagnosed?

Routine health screenings and prenatal testing are critical parts of prenatal health care. During your prenatal checkups and tests, your OB/GYN checks for any signs of potential complications. For example, your OB/GYN monitors your weight and blood pressure at every appointment. You will also have a glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes.

Additionally, there are ultrasounds to monitor your baby’s development, which allow your doctor to check for any physical developmental issues. Depending on the results of your standard prenatal tests and medical history, your OB/GYN may recommend additional blood tests or amniocentesis to screen for genetic disorders.

What kind of fetal medicine care will I receive for a high-risk pregnancy?

The Maiden Lane Medical team offers a comprehensive pregnancy program and compassionate care.

AN OB/GYN performing an ultrasound on a high-risk pregnancy patient.

Typically, you’ll have more frequent prenatal appointments, and your OB/GYN may order additional ultrasounds, blood tests, and other screening options to closely monitor your health and your baby’s development.

Your OB/GYN may also recommend lifestyle adjustments or medications to manage your health and protect your child.

What should I expect during labor and delivery for a high-risk pregnancy?

As mentioned, high-risk pregnancies can result in preterm delivery, and in some cases, your OB/GYN will perform a cesarean delivery instead of monitoring a vaginal birth. You should talk to your OB/GYN about your specific needs and what to expect during labor and delivery, including information regarding Braxton Hicks contractions. They can give you personalized advice and information based on your needs.

How can I protect my baby during a high-risk pregnancy?

The best thing you can do is work with a trusted OB/GYN and follow their instructions. Every pregnancy is unique, and your doctor can provide personalized medical advice and treatment to protect the health and development of you and your baby.

Additionally, you should maintain a healthy diet, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and only use medications approved by your doctor. It’s also helpful to stay active.

The team at Maiden Lane Medical offers expert fetal medicine to pregnant women, helping them remain healthy during gestation, through labor and delivery, and after the baby is born.

Call one of our convenient locations in Manhattan, NY today or book your appointment online to learn more about the best ways to keep your baby safe throughout your pregnancy.

Medically Reviewed By

Alexandra Fleary, MD
Board Certified OB/GYN

Our doctors who provide this service

Tiffany Alexis Clinton, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alexandra Fleary, MD

Board Certified OB/GYN

Sanika Gadkari, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jordan Pavia, NP

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Gillian Scott Hans, NP, CNM

Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse Practitioner

Jill-Ann Swenson, MD, FACOG

Board Certified OB/GYN

Blair Uhlig, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

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