Being pregnant is both joyous and stressful, but a high-risk pregnancy can come with its own set of complications and difficulties. If you’re dealing with a high-risk pregnancy, here are some things you can do to make the process a little easier.
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Know your type of high-risk pregnancy
There are various causes of high-risk pregnancies and each requires different types of treatment. While some high-risk pregnancies require full bed rest, others might require increased caution from the mother-to-be or special medication that reduces risk. Keep up with your doctor’s appointments and make sure to get as much information as you can about your type of high-risk pregnancy, and what you can do to protect your child.
Be aware of how your medical history affects your baby
If you have a pre-existing medical condition and are planning to conceive, talk with your doctor about how that condition will affect the pregnancy. Having a plan right from the beginning can make the process easier on you and your baby.
Eat healthy foods and monitor weight gain
Stick to a healthy diet rich in folic acid, calcium and iron while also taking a daily prenatal vitamin . This will help you and your baby get the right amount of nutrients throughout your pregnancy. As for weight gain, pregnant women at a healthy weight are often recommended to gain about 25-35 pounds. Speak with your doctor about your diet and nutrition to figure out what’s best for you, your body and your baby.
Keep your doctor’s appointments
The amount of appointments you will have to make might be overwhelming at first, but make sure you keep them. It’s important for your doctor to monitor your pregnancy and your baby closely. Your doctor might have to perform more ultrasounds and tests in order to keep track of the baby’s health. The doctor will also usually prescribe medications and monitor the effects of them, as well.
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Stay organized and ask for help.
If bed-rest is recommended for your high-risk pregnancy, completing daily tasks can be stressful and overwhelming. Keep track of the things you want to get done and know when you need to ask for help. Get your spouse and family involved in the process. That way you will have a good support system with people to step in when you can’t get everything done yourself.
Stay calm and remember it’ll all be worth it.
Your high-risk pregnancy won’t let forever, and at the end of it, you’ll meet your wonderful baby. Hang in there and remember how important this time is for you and your family. And get ready to meet that beautiful child at the end of it all!
Need help coping with your high risk pregnancy? An Orlando gynecologist can help. Schedule an appointment online or call our office at (407) 478-6249.