The health and condition of a woman during pregnancy depends on a large number of factors. Her age at the time of conception, weight, reproductive problems, genetic factors and a previous history of troubled pregnancy or a miscarriage.
Based on these conditions and a few examinations and test a doctor diagnoses a high risk pregnancy, which means life threatening risk to the fetus, till the time it is delivered safely. A high risk pregnancy can be the worst nightmare for an expecting mother.
Managing a high risk pregnancy and living with it for nine months is like walking on a tight rope. A high risk pregnancy also increases the chance of health complications sometimes leading to early and emergency labor. If your pregnancy has been diagnosed as a high risk one, here are a few effective tips to handle a high risk pregnancy.
- Take ample rest: The only way to beat ill health and stress during pregnancy is to take as much rest as possible, more so if you have been administered bed rest by the doctor. Physical exertion, overwork and stress are the biggest causes behind complications in pregnancy. Resting our body may also avoid the risk of any harm to the fetus and also prevent early labor. Pregnancy bed rest is tough but make the most of this time catching up with your hobbies, reading, watching TV or anything you have been wanting to do for a long time.
- Reduce stress: Stress is bound to hit you the moment you come to know of your pregnancy being a high risk one. But stress and depression is something you need to avoid totally. It may elevate your blood pressure further and pose a potential risk towards the unborn baby in the womb, leading to a premature labor. Get rid of stress in pregnancy by following meditation, deep breathing, slow walks, reading or just staying calm and peaceful.
- Follow the doctor: Your doctor is the biggest support during a difficult pregnancy. It is important to follow her instructions and share with her whatever you think or feel about your health and the baby’s well being. You can be vocal about your feelings with her and ask as many queries you want.
- She may also ask you to go for plenty of tests and medical procedures to rule out any potential risk involved. You may also have to go through some regular or fortnightly ultrasound tests to keep an eye on the fetal well being and growth. Also you need to stay in contact with her all the time to deal with any emergency situations.
- Know the danger signals: Knowing your high risk pregnancy your doctor would ask you to keep an eye on some signs of early labor or potential risk. You have to be extremely careful about these signals, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Report the doctor if you notice bleeding, vaginal spotting, amniotic fluid leakage, sudden cramps, sharp pains, dizziness or changes in the pattern of baby’s movement inside the womb. Any of these signs could be risky and lead you in trouble if not reported immediately.
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