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High Risk Obstetrics

A. Michael Coppa, MD

OB/GYNs located in Cranston, RI, Smithfield, RI & Providence, RI

The specialized care you need for a high-risk pregnancy is always available at the office of Dr. A. Michael Coppa in Cranston, Rhode Island and Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Coppa is a highly experienced OB/GYN who can accommodate the needs of older mothers-to-be and other high-risk pregnancy situations. He provides one-on-one attention during every visit to ensure you receive the highest level of care both throughout your pregnancy and following the birth of your baby. To schedule a high-risk pregnancy consultation, call the Cranston office or use the online booking feature.

High Risk Obstetrics Q & A

How do I know if my pregnancy is high-risk?

A high-risk pregnancy can result from a chronic medical condition that you had before you became pregnant or something that develops during your pregnancy. Conditions that may cause a pregnancy to be high-risk include:

  • Heart disease
  • Genetic disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Placental problems
  • Multiple fetuses
  • Fetal birth defects

You may also be considered a high-risk pregnancy if you are very young or over the age of 35.

Dr. Coppa determines your pregnancy risks after a thorough physical examination and a review of your medical and family history.

How often do I need check-ups for a high-risk pregnancy? 

In a routine pregnancy, Dr. Coppa requests monthly checkups until week 28, when you increase your visits to twice a month. With a high-risk pregnancy, you may need to schedule more frequent visits so Dr. Coppa can closely monitor your situation and identify potential problems.

As you get closer to your delivery date, Dr. Coppa may require weekly visits or suggest early admittance to the hospital for constant monitoring and care.

Do I need special tests for a high-risk pregnancy?

There are a variety of routine prenatal tests that you need throughout your pregnancy, including blood tests and ultrasounds.

In some cases, Dr. Coppa may request specialized testing to identify health problems in you or your baby. These tests may include additional blood work and/or ultrasounds.

What issues should I be aware of with a high-risk pregnancy?

Dr. Coppa can provide you with a number of resources for ensuring a happy, healthy pregnancy. If you have any changes that cause you concern, you should contact Dr. Coppa as soon as possible.

You should also report issues like:

  • Cramping
  • Blurred vision
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Persistent headaches
  • Decrease in fetal movement

Throughout your pregnancy, Dr. Coppa monitors your health and the health and development of your baby. He may recommend making changes to your lifestyle, such as limiting activities or going on bed rest, to prevent early labor.

For comprehensive care for a high-risk pregnancy, schedule a consultation at the Cranston or Providence office by phone or online.