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High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs located in Manassas, Haymarket and Fairfax, VA

A majority of pregnancies are relatively uncomplicated, and the baby is born healthy. However, statistics indicate about 6-8% of pregnancies classify as high risk. At Capital Women’s Care, in Fairfax, Manassas, and Haymarket, Virginia, the expert team of medical providers assists women with gestational issues to achieve as healthy and happy of a pregnancy as possible through high-risk pregnancy services. To schedule your appointment, call your nearest office or book online today.

High-Risk Pregnancy Q & A

Who is at risk for a high-risk pregnancy?

Any woman who is under the age of 17 or over the age of 35 is more at risk for a miscarriage or other problems throughout pregnancy, making age a factor. 

Additionally, women who’ve had previous miscarriages or delivered prematurely in the past are also at risk. Current and gestational health problems like hypertension, heart problems, breathing issues, and diabetes increase the chance of complications during pregnancy and delivery. 

Problems with the placenta as well as issues associated with having multiple C-sections can elevate a woman’s risk during pregnancy. 

A woman pregnant with multiple births has more of a chance of low birth weights and premature delivery. Even the baby’s blood type can affect a pregnancy.

What is preconception care?

If you’re over the age of 35, had multiple C-sections, or are currently suffering from health issues, it’s important to receive care before you even get pregnant. 

The physicians at Capital Women’s Care can help you achieve better overall health or refer you to a specialist who can optimize your health before you get pregnant. This has the potential to reduce your risk of complications throughout your pregnancy. 

Additionally, the team can supply genetic testing to determine if your baby is at risk for other medical conditions.

What is prenatal care?

The Capital Women's Care team advises women to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early intervention is often the best treatment and prevention method for high-risk pregnancies. 

The providers tailor an examination schedule based on your particular needs, so every woman with a high-risk pregnancy gets adequate care.

During your appointments, the team provides you with adequate education on achieving a happy, healthy pregnancy. They inform you of ways to change your lifestyle habits in order to promote a better pregnancy.

At  Capital Women's Care, the OB/GYN specialists provide a variety of prenatal testing services to monitor the growth and health of your unborn baby. 

For instance, they routinely assess your vital signs as well as your baby’s. They schedule at least three ultrasounds during your pregnancy to monitor the growth and movement of your baby.

The Capital Women's Care facility has the equipment necessary to monitor your baby’s heart rate. They also conduct at least one nonstress test and possibly more if you have a high-risk pregnancy. 

Genetic testing is available at their office as well. The team uses this testing during pregnancy to assess your baby for chromosomal issues like Trisomy 13 or 18 as well as Down’s syndrome (Trisomy 21).

Although the team at Capital Women's Care generally only evaluates your glucose intolerance once during your pregnancy, they do check your blood sugar levels regularly. They supply testing at our lab to evaluate issues like infections.

Throughout your pregnancy, the Capital Women's Care team always communicates changes with you and provides the correct course of action to reduce any risk to you or your baby, whether that means a medication or lifestyle changes. 

The team is also there throughout your delivery to ensure you receive the attention you need to prevent complications. To schedule an appointment, call Capital Women’s Care today or book online.