Unexpected complications while carrying a baby can be cause for severe emotional and physical strain. Thoughts of what could happen as you near delivery day can mean loss of sleep, stress and feelings of loneliness. Elaine Carroll, MD, maternal fetal medicine specialist, Parkview Physicians Group — Advanced Perinatal Care Center, shares her advice for any parent-to-be experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.
5 Tips for Navigating a High Risk Pregnancy
1. Write down your questions when you think of them. It’s easy to forget what you wanted to ask when you’re at your appointment or getting an ultrasound. Keep a notepad handy or start a list in your phone.
2. Go straight to the source. When searching for answers or more information on your condition, only trust websites with dependable sources or your physician. Aside from your doctor, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and The March of Dimes are great resources.
3. Find support. It’s easy to feel isolated when dealing with a high risk pregnancy. Find a support group for multiples, cerclage, etc. in your community or online. Talking to parents experiencing a similar problem can make you feel less alone and empower you with additional resources and connections.
4. Always ask. If you find, through your support group or online community, that you aren’t receiving the same care as others, ask your provider why (nicely). There may be a very good reason you are not, based on your specific circumstances. Or it could simply be an oversight and your provider will be happy you brought it up!
5 Try to relax. This one seems impossible, but one of the best things you can do for you and your baby is to find a way to reduce anxiety and get some rest. If approved by your physician, try prenatal yoga or regular walking. Meditation, aromatherapy, reading and journaling are also great tools for calming the mind.