High Risk Obstetrics Specialist
Dr. Aaron Campbell and the staff of Brenham Women’s Health specialize in high-risk obstetrics and difficult pregnancies. He is able to manage a wide range of pregnancy complications right here in Brenham, including diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia, recurrent miscarriage, advanced maternal age, twin pregnancies, and more. He encourages residents who live in the Brenham area, as well as the surrounding communities to visit the facility so they can have all of their questions and concerns fully addressed
High Risk Obstetrics Q & A
by Aaron Campbell, MD, FACOG
What increases a woman’s risk during pregnancy?
High-risk obstetrics can involve many different possibilities. A woman who is in excellent health may be able to avoid many of the potential risks associated with pregnancy. The 2 biggest factors that increase a woman’s risk during pregnancy is being at least 50 pounds overweight and dealing with high levels of stress as part of their job or family life. Stress and anxiety can cause the muscles to tighten and the heart to work harder than it should to be able to deliver freshly oxygenated blood to the baby and the mother’s extremities. Stress also depletes many of the B vitamins that are needed for the child to develop properly. Being overweight can have disastrous effects for both the baby and the mother.
How can a woman lower her pregnancy risk?
A woman can lower her potential pregnancy risk by including positive lifestyle habits in her daily routine. Go for walks and avoid sugary foods that often contain fewer nutrients and many more calories than are actually needed. It’s important to keep blood pressure and blood glucose numbers within proper ranges to prevent further health complications. Once a woman finds out she’s pregnant, it’s also important for them to maintain regular contact with her obstetrician and follow Dr. Campbell’s orders. If the doctor feels that a patient has an abnormally high risk of miscarriage or other complications, he may eventually request that the woman take time off from her job for bed rest and proper care during the rest of the pregnancy.
What are signs of distress during pregnancy?
Signs of distress during pregnancy should always be taken seriously. Spotting of blood, abnormal cramping and stomach pain, no movement by the fetus for more than 24 hours, lower back pain, severe migraines or headache pain, and nausea and vomiting that lasts more than a few hours. A pregnant woman should immediately go to Dr. Campbell’s office or the nearest emergency room to have a full check-up to determine if anything is amiss. Severe abdominal pain and skyrocketing high blood pressure are 2 important signs that something is wrong and a visit should be made to the doctor as soon as possible. The same is true for spiking blood glucose levels.