Low Risk & High Risk Obstetrics Specialist

Poway Women’s Care

Aesthetics & OBGYNs located in San Diego, CA

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, with a lot of key decisions to make. For some women, an easy pregnancy and delivery is in the cards, while others face risks that need specialized care. With Karen Kohatsu, MD, and the staff at Poway Women’s Care in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, you can receive high-quality pregnancy care for either a low- or high-risk pregnancy. Dr. Kohatsu offers comprehensive care to address you and your baby’s health, including in-office diagnostics and custom treatment plans. Schedule a pregnancy consultation using the online booking feature or by calling the San Diego office today.

Low Risk & High Risk Obstetrics Q & A

Poway Women’s Care

What’s the difference between a low- and high-risk pregnancy?

Moms-to-be that are in good health without a history of medical problems typically experience what’s known as a low-risk pregnancy. In this type of pregnancy, your baby develops properly and maintains a healthy weight and heartbeat throughout the different stages of development.

In a high-risk pregnancy, either you or your baby are at risk of complications. This risk may be due to your own medical history or current chronic illness. It may also be due to health issues or birth defects in your baby.

You may also be considered a high-risk pregnancy if you are very young or over 35 or are pregnant with more than one baby. Using drugs or alcohol during a pregnancy can also create additional risk for both you and your baby.

How does treatment differ for a high-risk pregnancy?

If Dr. Kohatsu determines that your pregnancy is high-risk, she still provides comprehensive routine care, but may do so more frequently. She may request to see you more than the usual once-a-month appointments that low-risk women schedule and even more often as you get closer to your due date.

You can expect to undergo regular checkups in which Dr. Kohatsu evaluates your health and tracks the growth and development of your baby. She may perform additional blood work to identify health concerns, such as gestational diabetes, as early as possible.

Depending on your medical history, Dr. Kohatsu may also perform additional testing to monitor existing health conditions that may affect your pregnancy, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Will a high-risk pregnancy affect my birth plan?

In some cases, high-risk pregnancies may require that you limit strenuous activities and bedrest to protect your health and the health of your baby. You may need to rest at home or at the hospital if you need monitoring before your labor and delivery.

In some cases, high-risk pregnancies result in a Cesarean section. However, Dr. Kohatsu can determine if it’s safe for you to deliver vaginally based on your specific health needs.

To learn more about the care available for both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies, schedule a consultation at Poway Women’s Care by phone or using the online booking feature.