How To Deal With A High-Risk Pregnancy?

It’s not a pleasant experience to be stuck with four needles in a day and asked to lie down for 270 days of your life because your pregnancy has been labelled as high-risk by the doctors. You feel cheated and guilty and are often found asking yourself if this is all your fault but most certainly, it isn’t. High-risk pregnancies do not become so because the mother did not do as advised but because there are a number of scientific reasons that are beyond the reach of human beings. There are ways to deal with a high-risk pregnancy that can help you stay positive throughout. Listed below are some of them:

  1. Instead of being a passive observant of what the doctors and the midwives do to you, start reading and asking more questions regarding the pregnancy so that you can always make the decisions for yourself. Take complete advantage if you have been asked to take bed rest for a long time. Read authentic papers, talk to experienced mums online, ask questions to your gynaecologist and be an active participant in the pregnancy. This does wonders to waiving off that apprehension from building up.
  2. Your risk factors could be anything ranging from preterm labour, premature birth1, placenta previa, Gestational Diabetes, pre-eclampsia, IVF conception, carrying multiples etc. Knowing your risks and the potential consequences help in a better understanding of your pregnancy.
  3. Finding the right OBGYN is quintessential to dealing with a high-risk pregnancy. The right doctor will guide you well, while being practical and precise and will also be available to answer your doubts regarding this pregnancy. If your doctor does not respond to you most of the time, change your doctor right away.
  4. Keep yourself closely monitored. Know the symptoms that are more of red flags for you. as soon as you feel that something is not right, get in touch with your doctor and seek help immediately.
  5. Following the doctor’s advice is very important. If you have been particularly asked to lie down on your back, please try and follow the exact instruction to avoid mishaps later. Eat as per your doctor’s suggestions and avoid junk and caffeinated drinks as much as you can.

Accept The Change:

The risk factors should not be limited to being identified but should also be accepted as part of life till you deliver. Accepting this temporary change is important. Lower your expectations out of yourself and concentrate on your body and baby. Seek for help to get work at home done. There are online support systems that have women signed up with high-risk pregnancies. You can speak to them for added support and find several success stories to help keep you motivated.

Finally, give in to your emotions once in a while. You might not enjoy the pregnancy but try to as much as you can because in situations like these, positivity really helps. You might not necessarily have a high-risk birth but coming to terms with your risks can help prepare you for whatever lies in store.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preterm_birth