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If you are pregnant with a high-risk baby, there will be many questions and doubts. The baby’s safety will be your greatest concern. You will be afraid for your baby’s health. Dr Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital in Kharghar, can help you dispel all of your fears about high-risk pregnancies.

Dr Thamke states, “If your pregnancy is high-risk, it could mean that you or your baby are at greater risk of developing health problems during or after birth.” To detect and treat any problems early and to ensure the best outcome for your pregnancy, you will need to be available to provide care and monitoring throughout the pregnancy. It is important to understand the risks involved in high-risk pregnancies and what you can do for your baby. 

She answers frequently asked questions (FAQs), in an exclusive chat with The HealthSite about high-risk pregnancies. Excerpts:

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What are the risk factors for high-risk pregnancies? Mothers over 30 are at greater risk. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, epilepsy and thyroid disease can all increase the risk of pregnancy. Pregnancy complications like abnormal placenta positions, foetal growth and multiple pregnancies can all make it more difficult to have a healthy baby.

  1. How can you have a healthy pregnancy?

Consult your doctor if you are planning on becoming pregnant. Prenatal vitamins with Folic Acid will be recommended by your doctor. This will help you reach a healthy weight and maintain a healthy body. Your treatment may be initiated immediately if you have a medical condition. This will ensure that you are ready for a healthy pregnancy. A balanced diet with all essential nutrients will be recommended to you. You will be forbidden from eating junk food, spicy or oily foods, as well as canned and frozen foods. It will be encouraged that you exercise every day. However, you will need to exercise under the supervision of an expert. It is important to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water. The expert can examine you and your baby during prenatal visits. Avoid smoking, alcohol, and other drugs that could cause harm to your health.

  1. Do you see any troubling signs?

If you have vaginal bleeding or unusual vaginal discharge, persistent headaches, pain or cramping at the lower abdomen, decreased foetal activity or fever, dizziness or vomiting, swelling of the face, hands or fingers, and/or painful urination, consult your doctor. These symptoms should not be ignored.


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