Normal And High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Shaurin Patel, M.D. -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

ObGyn Care of Oklahoma

Shaurin Patel, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Oklahoma City, OK

A high-risk pregnancy that isn’t properly managed from prenatal care to labor can pose serious health risks for both mother and newborn. At the Oklahoma City office of ObGyn Care of Oklahoma, Dr. Shaurin Patel helps women through every stage of their pregnancy, whether normal or high-risk. If you are pregnant and live in the Oklahoma City area, let Dr. Patel guide you through the delivery process with sensitive, personalized care. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Normal and High-Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What does normal pregnancy care involve?

With Dr. Patel, your care often begins even before you become pregnant with preconception counseling and testing at his office. Once you become pregnant, normal healthy pregnancies involve services such as:

  • Screening for birth defects
  • In-office ultrasounds
  • Treatment for symptoms like pain and morning sickness
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Exercise counseling

These services make up Dr. Patel’s standard, comprehensive prenatal planning and prenatal care, leading up to your delivery and labor. However, many women suffer from chronic conditions or are affected by other factors that make their pregnancy “high risk.” These high-risk pregnancies require Dr. Patel to provide additional care to ensure a safe birth.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

In some cases, Dr. Patel’s prenatal care can detect factors that cause your seemingly normal pregnancy to be considered high risk. In other situations, preexisting conditions help him determine right away that your pregnancy falls into this category. Dr. Patel specializes in handling high-risk pregnancies.

High-risk pregnancies can be trying and typically affect you and your baby through the delivery process. Dr. Patel can provide you with the right treatment, emotional support, resources, and information to guide you through the process.

What factors contribute to a high-risk pregnancy?

The following health conditions frequently cause high-risk pregnancies:

  • Blood disorders
  • Lupus
  • Age over 35
  • HIV or AIDS
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Certain lifestyle factors can also trigger a high-risk pregnancy. Avoid smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, or using drugs during pregnancy. In some cases, problems like birth defects occur during pregnancy even when you are healthy.

How does a high-risk pregnancy affect my prenatal care?

Typically, if Dr. Patel deems your pregnancy to be high risk, you’ll need more frequent prenatal visits for closer monitoring of your situation. The specifics of your care depend on your condition but may involve additional screening, testing, and counseling. High-risk factors in your pregnancy can also affect labor and require you to have a cesarean section instead of a vaginal birth.

To learn more about how Dr. Patel handles high-risk pregnancy care, call or book an appointment online today.