High Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Perinatal Diagnostic Center

High Risk Pregnancy & Fetal Medicine Specialists & OBGYNs located in Ventura, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

Up to 8% of pregnancies may be classified as high-risk, which means the mother or baby has a higher than average chance of developing complications. At Perinatal Diagnostic Center, in Thousand Oaks, West Hills, Mission Hills, and Ventura, California, Daryoush Jadali, MD, and his team of experienced staff offer expert and compassionate prenatal care services for high-risk pregnancies. Call Perinatal Diagnostic Center to schedule an appointment today.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy has an increased chance of complications for you or your baby. While this sounds frightening, most high-risk pregnancies are healthy. You will have more frequent prenatal checkups and may need additional prenatal testing to allow Dr. Jadali and the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Center to monitor your pregnancy closely.

Dr. Jadali specializes in providing prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies and offers customized guidance and support for you throughout your gestation. He can answer your questions and give advice to help you protect your health and the health of your baby.

What conditions make a pregnancy high-risk?

Many factors can make your pregnancy high-risk including:

  • Existing health conditions such as hypertension or diabetes
  • Maternal age of 35 or older
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Carrying multiple babies
  • Unhealthy lifestyle including smoking, alcohol use, and poor diet

Some conditions, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which also make your pregnancy high-risk, develop during pregnancy, while others are present from day one.

How is prenatal care different for high-risk pregnancies?

You have more frequent prenatal appointments if your pregnancy is considered high-risk. Dr. Jadali provides a customized schedule, depending on your needs. At each appointment, Dr. Jadali monitors your weight, blood pressure, and abdominal growth.

You may have additional testing and scans at different points throughout your pregnancy, including:

  • Additional tests for complications such as gestational diabetes
  • Advanced ultrasounds
  • Amniocentesis
  • Genetic testing, including chorionic villus and placenta tissue sampling

Your prenatal appointments and extra perinatal diagnostic testing allow Dr. Jadali and the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Center to monitor your health and offer expert medical treatments at the earliest signs of pregnancy complications.

What can I do to ensure a healthy pregnancy?

While some of the factors that cause high-risk pregnancies are out of your control, you can take steps to improve and protect your health. For example, you should attend all your prenatal checkups and have the tests recommended by Dr. Jadali.

Additionally, you can eat a nutritious diet and avoid substances like tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs that could be harmful to your baby. Dr. Jadali can provide advice and support to help you make any necessary lifestyle adjustments.

Call Perinatal Diagnostic Center to schedule a consultation today for expert prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies.