High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Edward S. Wagner, M.D. -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Edward S. Wagner, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Hollywood, FL

Women who have a high-risk pregnancy require specialized prenatal care to protect the health of their baby throughout pregnancy and during delivery. Dr. Edward S. Wagner has particular expertise in high-risk pregnancy management, offering compassionate care and expert support while delivering advanced testing and high-quality medical attention that helps prevent complications. If you'd like to learn more about care for high-risk pregnancies, call Dr. Wagner's office in Hollywood, Florida, or book an appointment online.

High-Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the health of the mother and/or her baby is at risk due to complications that affect the pregnancy, labor, delivery, or all stages. When you have a high-risk pregnancy, you'll need extra care, which may include more frequent prenatal visits and additional diagnostic tests or treatments.

What conditions cause a high-risk pregnancy?

If you have any of the following, your pregnancy is considered high-risk:

  • Mother aged 35 or older
  • Mother aged 15 or younger
  • Multiple babies
  • Baby has birth defects
  • History of giving birth to a baby with birth defects
  • Prior low birth weight baby or early delivery

A variety of medical conditions can cause a high-risk pregnancy, either because they increase the risk of complications — in the case of a preterm delivery or a low birth weight baby — or because of their impact on the mother’s ability to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

Health conditions existing prior to becoming pregnant that may affect your pregnancy include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Anemia
  • Infection
  • Obesity

Other problems may arise during pregnancy, such as:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia and eclampsia
  • Premature labor

What steps can you take to prevent a high-risk pregnancy?

The best way to prevent a high-risk pregnancy is to schedule preconception counseling. During a preconception exam, Dr. Wagner determines whether you have health conditions that could complicate a future pregnancy. When you plan ahead, you have time to take care of potential risk factors before you become pregnant.

Chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure should be well controlled before pregnancy. You may still have a high-risk pregnancy, but if your blood sugar is maintained within a normal range before and during pregnancy, there’s a lower chance that it will affect the health of your baby.

You can also make lifestyle changes to protect the health of your future baby. Taking folic acid well before and during pregnancy prevents birth defects. It's also important to lose weight, stop smoking, and avoid alcohol if you plan to get pregnant.

Will you receive specialized tests during a high-risk pregnancy?

Your prenatal care is customized to meet your individual needs and to ensure you, and your baby remains healthy. Depending on the reason your pregnancy is high-risk, you may need specialized diagnostic tests or therapeutic procedures such as:

  • High-resolution ultrasound
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Fetal blood sampling
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Cervical cerclage

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Wagner provides the specialized care you need. Call or book your appointment online.