Did you know that all pregnancies come with a level of risk?
Although most women experience a routine pregnancy course with no complications to the mother or child, that is not the case for everyone.
Nearly 20% of women experience high-risk pregnancies with many due to preexisting health conditions and maternal-specific health concerns.
At HRPC, while we understand that not every complication can be predicted or prevented, we believe that most risks can be reduced or eliminated with proper maternal health management.
In this post, we share the importance of managing maternal health concerns to reduce your risk of a high-risk pregnancy… before conception.
- The most common maternal health concerns
- How preconception counseling plays a role in decreasing risks
- How to reduce your chances of a high-risk pregnancy
Let’s explore these concepts further.
Common maternal health conditions and concerns
Whether you live with a current preexisting condition or are hoping for further insight on your maternal health, we can help.
The most common maternal health concerns that may impact your ability to conceive and increase your chances of a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Blood clotting disorders
- Seizure disorders
- Heart issues
- Infectious diseases
- Mental health disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Nutritional issues
A thorough review of your health history and family history will be discussed during a preconception counseling session. Utilizing this information, further testing may be recommended, and a plan will be developed to assist with decreasing risks in a future pregnancy.
What is a preconception counseling session?
Preconception counseling is a visit with specialized medical professionals before you start trying to conceive.
During this appointment, you’ll discuss maternal concerns and pregnancy goals and receive comprehensive advice to reduce the risks of complications based on your unique risk factors.
In addition, labs may be ordered to further evaluate the degree of risk and/or whether there are genetic concerns.
We will also discuss lifestyle factors, medications, and any changes you should make to your daily routine to foster the healthiest environment possible for a growing baby.
The benefits of preconception counseling for those with maternal health concerns
A maternal medical condition does not necessarily prevent you from having a healthy pregnancy.
However, preconception counseling is the best way to improve the chances of a successful outcome.
Some of the most significant benefits of preconception counseling for those with maternal health concerns include:
- A thorough assessment of your health to better understand your level of risk
- A personalized health and lifestyle plan for optimal pregnancy and healthy delivery
- A team of specialized doctors and medical professionals who understand how to assess and manage your risk throughout all stages of conception, pregnancy, and delivery
- Assistance with managing preexisting conditions during pregnancy
- Peace of mind for those who are high risk or have experienced a high-risk pregnancy in the past
With preconception counseling, our goal is the same as yours: to keep you healthy so that you can deliver a healthy baby.
You don’t have to manage the risks of a high-risk pregnancy alone. Contact us today to learn more about navigating maternal health concerns as you plan to conceive, or schedule a consultation with our experienced team.