By definition, all pregnancies derived from assisted reproduction (IVF, ICSI) are to be considered high-risk. A High-risk pregnancy is one that threatens the health or life of the mother or her fetus. Conditions like high blood pressure, preeclampsia, abnormal growth rates, developmental issues, and bleeding are believed to be more prevalent in patients who have undergone traditional IVF. However, the best fertility doctors at New Hope Fertility Center always counsel our patients that this is merely terminology and that every patient is unique. Many women who undergo IVF will still be considered high-risk with regular ultrasounds and no risk factors that show up through testing.
WHAT IS A HIGH RISK PREGNANCY?
High-risk simply means that you will want extra care to ensure you both are healthy and happy. Many couples experience a rollercoaster of emotion hearing that their pregnancy is high-risk. It is understandable as you have spent so much time, money, heart and soul into creating this baby. You want everything to be okay.
Don’t be alarmed!
Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctors often just want to monitor your pregnancy a little closer for any indication of issues. Having a high-risk pregnancy doesn’t mean something will go wrong, just that something may go wrong. For all the same reasons that hearing your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you should rest assured that your MFM doctor is taking care of you and your baby.
- Previous pregnancy complications
- Blood disorders
- Chronic conditions like kidney disease, high blood pressure, preeclampsia
- Anxiety or depression
- HIV or AIDS
- Thryoid disease
- Smoking, drinking, drug use
MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE AT NEW HOPE FERTILITY CENTER
As one of the top fertility centers in New York, New Hope Fertility Center can assist you in all your perinatal needs either in the convenience of our office or through our extensive network of referring physicians. Services that you may explore are:
Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis Tests
- Nuchal Translucency Screening (First Trimester Screening)
- Maternal Serum Screening
- Chorionic Villus Screening
- Non-Stress Test
- Biophysical Profile
- Doppler Studies
- 3D/4D Technology
- Routine Obstetrical Ultrasound
- Genetic Ultrasound
- Preconception Counseling
- Genetic Counseling
- Gestational Diabetes Management
For more information regarding any of the above services or about Maternal Fetal Medicine in general, please talk to your fertility doctor about the available options and referrals.