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Care of babies born to "high-risk" mothers

Neonatology treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore

During a high-risk pregnancy, the pregnant woman's health, the fetus's health, or both is at risk. Pregnancy can be high risk if you have certain health conditions or are over 35 or under 17 when you are pregnant. Pregnancies like these require close monitoring to prevent complications. Babies born in high-risk expectant mothers need additional support and care.

Who are Called High-risk Mothers?

High-risk pregnant women are called high-risk mothers. Risks are inherent in every pregnancy. Increased health risks exposure to the pregnant person, the fetus, or both during a high-risk pregnancy. High-risk pregnancies may require extra care before, during, and after birth. As a result, complications are less likely to occur.

It does not mean that you or your fetus will have problems if you have a high-risk pregnancy. Despite having special health needs, many women have healthy pregnancies and normal labours and deliveries after Neonatology treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore.

Causes of High-risk Pregnancy

High-risk pregnancy factors include,

  • Having a pre-existing health condition.

  • Health conditions associated with pregnancy.

  • Toxins and lifestyle factors (including smoking, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, etc.).

  • When pregnant, you must be at least 35 years old or under 17 years old.

High-risk Mother - Care To Take During Pregnancy

Keep the basics in mind whether you know in advance that you'll have a high-risk pregnancy or want to do everything you can to prevent it. For example,

1. Make an appointment for a preconception consultation: Consult your healthcare provider if you plan to become pregnant. Before you become pregnant, your provider might recommend taking a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid and getting in shape. In preparation for pregnancy, your healthcare provider might adjust your treatment if you have a medical condition. There is also a possibility that your healthcare provider will discuss your risk of having a baby with a genetic disorder.

2. Stay away from risky substances: Quit smoking if you do, and consuming alcohol or illegal drugs is also forbidden. Whenever you take medications or supplements, talk to your healthcare provider.

High-risk Mother's Newborn Babies Care. 

You have to take care of your newborn babies with utmost care. You need to take some additional steps for babies born to high-risk mothers.

1. Regularly seek prenatal care: Your healthcare provider can monitor your and your baby's health during prenatal visits. The specialist might be a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, a geneticist, a paediatrician or another specialist. By regularly monitoring your baby's condition, the doctor advises you on how to take care of your newborn.

2. Eat Healthy and Consciously: Keep in mind that you are feeding your baby. So, avoid consuming alcohol and smoking. Breastmilk is the most essential for your newborn health. So, don't avoid breastfeeding. Please don't feed your newborn any supplements or other foods until they are six months old. Breastfeeding alone can help your baby's brain development during these six months. Consult your doctor if you have any problems in breastfeeding or if the baby can't suck. Your doctor may recommend some supplements in that case.

3. Don't Skip Vaccinations: Don't avoid any scheduled vaccinations. They will help your baby to grow without any complications or issues. Do regular health check-ups as suggested by your doctor.

How to Prevent High-risk Pregnancy?

By following these steps, you can reduce your risk of pregnancy complications,

  • Adopting a drug-free lifestyle.

  • Identify potential health risks before becoming pregnant. Describe your family history and personal medical history to your doctor.

  • It is vital to maintain a healthy body weight before becoming pregnant.

  • You may need to manage any pre-existing health conditions.

  • Pregnant women should ensure that any long-term medication they take is safe.

  • Get rid of cigarettes.

  • The age range between which you can plan to become pregnant is 18 to 34.

  • Maintain a safe sexual environment.

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