High Risk Obstetrics
Providing High-Risk Obstetrics in Fort Collins & Loveland, CO
For some women, the threat of a high-risk pregnancy may put their health – and that of their unborn child – in jeopardy. You may be feeling overwhelmed and anxious about choosing the right obstetrics provider to monitor your high-risk pregnancy. However, you can feel confident you’re in capable hands with the Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado. As one of the longest continuous obstetrics practices in the Centennial State, we specialize in high-risk obstetrics in the Fort Collins, and Loveland areas. Our women’s healthcare specialists have years of experience in advanced OBGYN care. We help women avoid complications during pregnancy and childbirth caused by premature labor, preeclampsia, multiple gestations, genetic conditions, and more. To learn more about our women’s health services or to request an appointment at one of our convenient Northern Colorado locations, please contact us.
What Factors Put Women at a Higher Risk During Pregnancy?
Some pregnancies are deemed high-risk practically right after conception, while others may not become so until a woman is further along. Factors that may increase a woman’s risk for complications during pregnancy or childbirth include:
- Pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV, or high blood pressure
- Being overweight or obese
- Carrying more than one fetus
- Teen pregnancies
- Pregnancies for women over 35 (especially first-time pregnancies over 35)
- Cigarette, alcohol, or drug use during pregnancy
Some of the above risk factors are preventable, such as working on weight management or quitting smoking. Others, such as having a pre-existing health condition, may be managed through careful monitoring by your obstetrics team. At the Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado, we customize our OBGYN care to meet each woman’s individual health needs. The earlier you begin prenatal care, the smoother your pregnancy should be with our expert assistance.
Gestational Diabetes and Preeclampsia Cause Complications
Many expectant mothers develop a condition called gestational diabetes. This type of diabetes only occurs during pregnancy and leads to elevated blood sugars, which may cause certain pregnancy complications. A woman’s chance of developing gestational diabetes increases with obesity or if there is a personal or family history of diabetes. Often, there are no symptoms except for abnormally high blood sugar levels. Preeclampsia is another potentially dangerous or fatal complication during pregnancy. Preeclampsia symptoms include swelling, high blood pressure, blurred vision, upper abdominal pains, headaches, and too much protein found in the urine. Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body weight during pregnancy are essential to prevent gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and other issues.
Why Choose the Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado for Care?
Advanced medical care is necessary to improve outcomes for women and infants involved with high-risk pregnancies. Our staff at the Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado provides personalized care plans with plenty of follow-up visits and support services. Whether you’re considered a high-risk pregnancy or not, there are basic steps you can take to ensure a safer pregnancy with our help. Schedule a preconception appointment with your women’s healthcare provider to address any concerns ahead of time. Plan on regular prenatal care visits to ensure everything’s fine during your pregnancy. Consider genetic counseling to identify any potential risks for inherited diseases, genetic disorders, or birth defects in your family. Our genetic counselors may be able to refer you to local or national support groups for further information. Check out our prenatal resources for additional insights about pregnancy nutrition and exercise tips, breastfeeding, safe medications to take during pregnancy, and more.
Advanced Pregnancy Counseling Before, During, and Afterward
The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado takes pride in being responsible for the delivery of thousands of healthy babies throughout the Fort Collins, and Loveland, CO. When you need a caring, experienced high-risk obstetrics team, contact us. We know choosing an obstetrics provider may feel challenging, especially when your health is in jeopardy. That’s why we encourage new patients to view our testimonials and patient resources for reassurance they’ve made the right decision. Our women’s health group provides pregnancy wellness and genetic counseling, ultrasounds, lactation education, and anything else you may require during pregnancy and afterward. Request an appointment today!