California, Los Angeles Obstetrics

High-Risk Obstetrics

Our team cares for women who are having out-of-the-ordinary pregnancies.

The members of this team have extensive experience in managing complicated pregnancies and deliveries.

What is a High-Risk Pregnancy?

A woman may be considered to have a "high-risk pregnancy" if she has a medical condition, pregnancy complication, or genetic issue that makes her pregnancy more difficult to handle. In order to determine whether you have a high-risk pregnancy, our team will perform a complete evaluation of your health. This may include an in-depth consultation, an ultrasound, and possibly a consultation with a genetics councilor or perinatologist who work closely with our team to provide the highest of care for our patients.

Medical conditions that can make a pregnancy "high-risk" include:

  • Chronic Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Diabetes (Type I & Type II)
  • Lupus
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Cancer
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Pre-gestational Diabetes
  • Incompetent Cervix
  • Preeclampsia
  • Premature Birth
  • Recurrent Miscarriages (having several miscarriages or stillbirths before this pregnancy)

Genetic issues that can make a pregnancy "high-risk" include:

  • Teratogen exposure (such as certain medications, narcotics, and alcohol)
  • Family history of birth defects, stillbirths, infant deaths, miscarriages, or genetic conditions
  • Abnormal blood screening or ultrasound findings

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