Have a safe, healthy pregnancy
Caring for your high-risk pregnancy
When you have a high-risk pregnancy, you or your baby face challenges or have conditions that raise your risk for complications. If your doctor has called your pregnancy “high risk,” the extra care you need is right here.
A maternal-fetal medicine specialist or perinatologist — an OBGYN with additional training in managing high-risk pregnancies — will monitor you closely to make sure you and your baby stay healthy.
When to see a maternal-fetal medicine doctor
Factors that increase your chances of having a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Your age — if you’re under 17 or over 35
- Lifestyle factors such as smoking, taking illegal or unprescribed drugs and drinking alcohol while pregnant
- Medical conditions before pregnancy such as high blood pressure; diabetes; lung, kidney or heart problems; sexually transmitted infections (STIs); a history of miscarriage or issues with a previous pregnancy
- Medical conditions that develop during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
- Additional pregnancy-related issues including:
- Premature labor
- Carrying multiples (twins or triplets)
- Placenta previa
- Fetal development issues
Having one or more risk factors doesn’t mean you’ll have complications with your pregnancy. However, the more risk factors you have, the more likely you and your baby will be at risk during pregnancy and birth. Your doctor can make a care plan tailored to your needs.
High-risk pregnancy services
Your maternal-fetal medicine team is trained to manage risks and keep your baby healthy.
To closely monitor your high-risk pregnancy, your specialist might recommend tests, procedures and other support beyond routine prenatal screening tests. These may include:
High-risk pregnancy care at Geisinger
When you need extra care during your pregnancy, you can count on us. We offer:
- The knowledge you need – Your high-risk pregnancy team includes maternal-fetal medicine doctors, neonatal intensive care specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, breastfeeding specialists and other support staff — all here to help you manage your pregnancy and treat potential complications.
- Care designed for you, where you live – With locations throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania, our experienced team provides consultations and comprehensive high-risk pregnancy care for you and your little one.
- Newborn services – From skin-to-skin bonding and nutritional support to our network of NICUs and neonatal specialists, we’re ready to provide the very best care the moment your baby arrives. Learn more about newborn services.
- Specialized prenatal care center – Our Center for Prenatal Pediatrics provides care for moms and babies facing potential complications before and during delivery.
- More than just physical care – Whether you need mental health or emotional support, have an addiction or need breastfeeding support, we’re here for you every step of the way.
- Positive birthing experience – The birthing suites at Geisinger hospitals are comfortable, large and homey, designed so you can focus on what really matters. Learn more about labor and delivery.
- Support groups and parenting classes – Families have access to a wealth of programs including pregnancy and childbirth classes, pregnancy support groups, behavioral health support and other resources and services.
- Nationally accredited NICUs – If your newborn requires a higher level of care, they’ll be cared for in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our NICUs are staffed 24/7 by neonatologists, neonatal advanced practitioners, neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists. See our NICU locations.