Care for High-Risk Pregnancy
Your pregnancy is generally considered high-risk if you or your baby has any increased chances of a health problem. Though “high-risk” may sound scary, it’s really insurance to make sure you receive some extra-special attention. Dr. Nadine Graven and Dr. Mary Kilkenny are highly trained and always monitor their patients closely to identify any problems in their early stages.
Being called “high-risk” does not mean you will have problems with your pregnancy. Typically, high-risk applies to women with:
- Alcohol abuse, drug abuse or smoking
- Cancer or epilepsy
- Fetal genetic conditions (Down’s syndrome, heart, lung and kidney problems)
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Mother-to-be is under 17 or over 35
- Previous twins, triplets, etc.
- Previous miscarriages
- Problematic previous pregnancy or early delivery
- Previous C-section or uterine surgery
Your pregnancy may also be considered high-risk if you have been diagnosed with asthma, heart valve problems, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or sickle cell disease. To put your mind at ease, just talk to us about any current health problem you’re concerned about.
Our high-risk pregnancy patients come to us from Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Campbell, Saratoga and San Jose in Santa Clara County, CA.