High Risk Obstetrics

What is high risk obstetrics?

High risk obstetrics involves the possible medical complications that occur before, during or after pregnancy that put the mother and/or baby at risk. High risk pregnancies are determined by the expectant mother’s age, medical and family history and/or lifestyle choices. Dr. Remi Adelasoye works closely with patients to create a customized plan that ensures the safest and smoothest pregnancy and delivery possible.

Which pre-existing conditions might cause a high risk pregnancy?

There are many pre-existing conditions that can cause a high risk pregnancy. These conditions include: diabetes, autoimmune diseases, thyroid issues, kidney disease, high blood pressure, polycystic ovary syndrome and HIV/AIDS. While it is not certain that each of these conditions will cause a high risk pregnancy, they certainly enhance the likelihood for complications to arise.

How does age contribute to a high risk pregnancy?

Starting at age 35, a pregnancy can be considered high risk. Women in their mid-to-late thirties (and beyond) are more likely to have a miscarriage, develop complications or deliver a child with birth defects.

What are pregnancy-related problems?

Pregnancy-related problems are issues that specifically affect the development or health of the fetus. During the pregnancy, if Dr. Adelasoye notices anything abnormal with your baby’s growth or development, the fetus will be fully monitored and assessed in order to determine the cause of the problem. A customized treatment plan would then be created to allow for a successful birth.

What lifestyle choices can contribute to a high risk pregnancy?

Smoking and alcohol consumption are common lifestyle factors that can cause high risk obstetrics. It is recommended that you avoid these activities immediately after conception. Cigarettes, marijuana and/or alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to birth defects and other health risks for your child.

What kind of problems can occur during a pregnancy?

Some of the most common complications seen in pregnant women are high-blood pressure and gestational diabetes. If an expectant mother develops either of these conditions, Dr. Adelasoye will monitor her progress closely and create a customized treatment and birthing plan for a successful delivery. Pregnant women with high-blood pressure are at risk for developing preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication.

Gestational diabetes can affect your baby’s health during birth or later in life. However, both of these conditions can be managed with constant monitoring by a skilled physician (like Dr. Adelasoye), a healthy diet and regular exercise.

High risk obstetrics in Campbell River, British Columbia

Dr. Adelasoye is located in Campbell River and takes on new patients by referral only. If you are an expectant mother seeking a new OB-GYN, please have your primary care doctor give you a referral to our office. Dr. Adelasoye will ensure that you and your baby have the healthiest experience possible.