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High Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Fort Worth Female Health Associates

Darren R. Tate, MD

OBGYN located in Fort Worth, TX

High-risk pregnancy often sounds scarier than it actually is. If you fall into the high-risk pregnancy category, usually it just means more frequent visits with Dr. Darren R. Tate, OB/GYN at Fort Worth Female Health Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, so that he can monitor these risk factors closely.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is one that poses a risk to the health of you or your baby. Usually, your risk is assessed based on your medical history, your behaviors, and preexisting conditions. There are circumstances that will put you into the high-risk category no matter how healthy you are, such as:

  • Your age (younger than 17 or older than 35)
  • If you are carrying multiple babies in the womb

Other factors that could put you in the high risk category typically include:

  • Preexisting health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and kidney disease
  • Alcohol, drugs, or cigarette use
  • A history of miscarriages or difficult births
  • A genetic condition in the baby
  • An infection, such as hepatitis C or HIV

What is different in high-risk care?

If you fall into the high-risk category, expect to visit Dr. Tate more often so he can monitor your health with:

  • Regular ultrasounds
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Urinalysis to check for urinary tract infections
  • Blood tests
  • Screenings

These visits are extremely important for your health and the health of your baby. By closely monitoring the progression of your pregnancy, Dr. Tate can catch small issues before they become larger problems.

What if I develop problems?

Some women start out in the low-risk category but are moved to the high-risk category because of developments during the pregnancy. Call Fort Worth Female Health Associates right away If you are experiencing:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Swelling of your face, feet, and hands; vision problems; and severe headache, which could indicate preeclampsia
  • Cramping
  • Regular contractions
  • Persistent lower back pain

And, while it’s harder to check on the baby’s health, if you notice less movement -- or no movement at al -- from the baby, call Fort Worth Female Health Associates right away.

You know your body best, and while pregnancy can make everything go “out of whack” for a while, if you notice anything different or something just doesn’t feel right, make an appointment to have it checked out. Dr. Tate is an experienced obstetrician who understands that every pregnancy is different, and he will work with you to ensure your journey is a safe one.