If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you might need special monitoring or care throughout your pregnancy. If your condition is serious enough, you may be referred to our maternal-fetal medicine doctor for your care and treatment. Keep in mind that even if you have been told you are at high-risk, it does not mean that you will have problems with your pregnancy. Extra monitoring, treatment and precautions will be needed to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible for you and baby.
Depending on your individual circumstances, your health care provider might recommend screening tests provided at CarePoint Health, such as:
3-D and 4-D ultrasounds—these imaging technique use high-frequency sound waves and specially designed probes to produce high definition images of your developing baby in the uterus.
Confirmation of pregnancy sonograms—this early ultrasound is used to confirm whether or not you are pregnant, if you are carrying one or more embryos and assess the expected date of delivery.
First trimester screening (nuchal translucency)—this scan uses ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your baby’s neck. Babies who are risk of developing Down syndrome and some other chromosomal abnormalities, as well as major congenital heart problems accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average.
Fetal anatomy sonogram—this ultrasound will be able to tell you the sex of your baby and the positioning of your placenta. Your umbilical cord will be looked at, as well as your amniotic fluid. The baby’s brain, face, heart, spine and major organs will also be viewed to make sure everything is proceeding normally.
Amniocentesis—in order to determine if certain genetic conditions or several different abnormalities are present, a sample of the fluid that surrounds and protects your baby during pregnancy (amniotic fluid) is withdrawn from your uterus.
Biophysical profile—this test combines fetal heart monitoring (non-stress test) and ultrasound to check for birth defects early in your pregnancy and in the third trimester it is used to check your baby’s size, as well as the amount of amniotic fluid and placental flow.
Non-stress tests—this test monitors your baby’s heartbeat, first while the baby is resting and then while he or she is moving.