A high-risk pregnancy is when you have a condition that could be problematic for your health and your baby’s health, such as diabetes, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, preterm labor and pre-eclampsia.
While the terms “high risk” or “problem pregnancy” may be unsettling, these are just ways of saying that you need special care and attention before pregnancy as well as during your pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Rush has high-risk ob-gyn doctors (also called perinatologists or maternal and fetal medicine specialists) and nurses who specialize in treating women in these situations.
Do You Need a High-Risk Ob-Gyn?
You may be considered “high risk” if you have any of these conditions:
- Autoimmune diseases (such as lupus)
- Diabetes (gestational diabetes as well as types I and II diabetes).
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
- History of miscarriages.
- Preterm labor.
- Multiple gestation (e.g., twins or triplets).
- Prior history of C-section.
- Known fetal abnormalities, such as macrosomia (a baby that is too large), fetal growth restriction, heart abnormalities (e.g., tetralology of Fallot) andgastrointestinal abnormalities (e.g., gastroschisis). Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians at Rush are part of the Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Center team, which pulls together multiple specialists to bring optimal care to both the mother and the baby).
- Heart disease.
- Kidney disease.
- Seizure disorders.
How We Help Women Facing High-Risk Pregnancies
Doctors at Rush who specialize in high-risk pregnancies provide a variety of services:
- Help you prepare before you get pregnant by evaluating your health, reviewing medications and working with your other physicians to recommend any necessary changes to them.
- Provide prenatal care, and monitor you and your baby during your pregnancy, identifying issues before they become major concerns and offering medical support as needed.
- Perform prenatal tests, including ultrasound, nuchal translucency, genetic screening, amniocentesis, fetal monitoring, quad screens
- Provide genetic consulting and genetic testing
- Bring together appropriate resources and specialists during and following your delivery as needed.
High-Risk Pregnancy Doctors
Learn more about high-risk pregnancy doctors at Rush and watch videos in which they share their approach to health care.
- Read about midlife motherhood. While having a baby in your late 30s or 40s may not automatically classify you as “high risk,” you probably have questions.
- Check out five things you should know about prenatal testing.
- Read answers to some of frequently asked questions related to having babies.
- For more information or help finding (or making) an appointment with a high-risk pregnancy specialist, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).