High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Advanced Women's Center

Okey Okoli, M.D. FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in San Antonio, TX

A high-risk pregnancy is stressful, and that stress only makes matters worse. One way to reduce anxiety during a high-stress pregnancy is to find a doctor that you know and trust. Having an expert, you can call with questions or concerns makes it easier to focus on preparing for your newest family member. At Advanced Women's Center, Dr. Okey Okoli helps women from in and around San Antonio, Texas, make the most out of this special time in their lives, even during a high-risk pregnancy. You can easily find a convenient appointment time online or over the phone.

High-Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

This term is used to categorize pregnancies where there is an elevated risk of complications for either mother or child. No two high-risk pregnancies are exactly alike, which is why it’s important to seek customized care aimed at addressing your specific health needs.

These conditions can lead to a high-risk pregnancy:

  • Three or more miscarriages
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • History of preterm labor
  • Fetal genetic problems, including Down syndrome
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Age younger than 17 or older than 35

This is just a partial list; there are many other issues that can lead Dr. Okoli to categorize your pregnancy as high-risk. However, that simply means that additional precautions are necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

How does a high-risk pregnancy differ from a “normal” pregnancy?

If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll have more scheduled doctor visits than with a lower risk pregnancy. Dr. Okoli monitors your progress closely, and conducts screenings to make sure you are receiving the highest possible level of care.

Because no two high-risk pregnancies are exactly alike, there’s no “standard” treatment approach. For example, if you’re taking medications to manage other health issues, Dr. Okoli may recommend adjusting the dose or trying another method during your pregnancy.

If you’re diabetic, you may need to modify your diet and carefully monitor your blood sugar throughout your pregnancy.

Women who get pregnant later in life have access to special screening tools to ensure that their baby is developing normally.

During a high-risk pregnancy, when should I contact my doctor?

Many women feel uncertain about calling their obstetrician during their pregnancy. They tell themselves that they are being silly or overly anxious about their concerns. Dr. Okoli assures each woman in his care to feel free to contact his office at any time, for any reason.

This is a time in your life when you should be focused on welcoming your baby into the family. Worries during pregnancy can elevate stress and bring on additional complications. Contact Dr. Okoli any time you have questions or concerns, but especially if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Contractions
  • Pelvic or belly pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Swelling in your hands, feet, or face
  • Changes in the rate of your baby’s movement

To learn more about Dr. Okoli’s approach to high-risk pregnancy, schedule a consultation today.