High Risk Obstetrics Specialist

Willow OBGYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in San Antonio, TX

Learning you have a high-risk pregnancy can be scary, but expert OB/GYN Kelly Morales, MD offers you peace of mind. Dr. Morales has extensive experience managing high-risk pregnancies at her private practice in San Antonio. If you’re looking for a warm and compassionate OB/GYN who specializes in high-risk obstetrics, call or book an appointment online today.

High Risk Obstetrics Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

High-risk pregnancies involve an increased risk of health problems that may affect you or your baby before, during, or after childbirth.

If you find out you have a high-risk pregnancy, don’t worry. Dr. Morales is highly skilled in high-risk obstetrics and helps you plan for a healthy and successful pregnancy.

What makes a pregnancy high-risk?

Some high-risk pregnancies are due to preexisting conditions, while others involve issues that come up during pregnancy or childbirth. Several factors may contribute to a high-risk pregnancy, including:

  • Being over age 35
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol
  • Medical history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or blood-clotting disorders
  • History of abdominal surgeries such as C-sections
  • Previous problems during pregnancy, such as repeat miscarriages
  • Twins or multiple births
  • Obesity

What can I do to promote a healthy pregnancy?

The best thing you can do to stay healthy during pregnancy is schedule regular prenatal care appointments with Dr. Morales.

If you know you have risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy and aren’t pregnant yet, you may want to schedule an appointment ahead of time for preconception counseling. Dr. Morales can help you change certain lifestyle behaviors and reduce your risk of pregnancy complications.

Steps you can take to encourage a healthy pregnancy include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Avoiding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
  • Limiting caffeine
  • Taking prenatal vitamins

What tests might I need with a high-risk pregnancy?

Depending on your unique high-risk pregnancy experience, Dr. Morales may recommend specific tests to monitor your health and the health of your baby, such as:

  • Ultrasound
  • Amniocentesis
  • Cordocentesis
  • Lab tests

What are complications of a high-risk pregnancy?

High-risk pregnancies can cause a variety of potentially dangerous conditions that may affect you or your baby. As an expert in high-risk obstetrics, Dr. Morales works with you to reduce your risk of common pregnancy complications, including:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Preeclampsia
  • Infection
  • Preterm labor and delivery
  • Miscarriage
  • Abnormalities in the placenta

Understanding your risk factors for pregnancy problems can help you make necessary changes in your life to promote a healthy pregnancy and reduce stress. To learn more about staying healthy during pregnancy, call the office of Kelly Morales, OB/GYN, or book an appointment online.

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