When you're pregnant, that first OB-GYN visit can be daunting and lengthy. You’ll field numerous questions about your medical history, be poked and prodded a bit, and probably sit through a blood test and an ultrasound. Then, depending on your situation, you might end up hearing your doctor use the words “high-risk” to describe your pregnancy. It sounds scary and you'll probably have a million questions, but don’t worry. You're not alone. These are just some of the many thoughts everyone has when their pregnancy is high-risk.
Having a pregnancy labeled as "high risk" isn't necessarily or automatically a "bad" thing. Rather, it usually just means your OB-GYN and/or other care providers will need to keep a closer eye on you and your baby-to-be. Some factors can make your pregnancy more high-risk than others, too, so the term can mean multiple things for multiple pregnant women. While it's difficult to do (trust me, I know) the best thing you can do is stay calm. Most pregnant women who are labeled "high-risk" go on to have healthy, happy, thriving babies. You’ll just need to take extra precautions.
I was labeled "high-risk" during my second pregnancy, because I went into preterm labor during my first. I had weekly visits with my doctor, and was administered a series of hormone shots. Now I have a healthy, spirited 3-year-old son. I did have a ton of thoughts and questions when I first heard I was "high-risk," though. Let’s go over some of those, because while every situation truly is different, I bet they’re some of the same ones you may have.