When pregnancy takes an unexpected turn and complications arise, it is important to know that there are physicians who specialize in the care of the unexpected. You may only need to see a high-risk obstetrician for a consultation and treatment options before returning to your primary physician for the management of the complication. However, some complications will require the high-risk obstetrician to assume the management of your pregnancy until the baby is delivered.
What constitutes a high-risk pregnancy?
If you have any of the conditions or circumstances outlined below, your pregnancy is likely to be considered high-risk by the experts at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Outcomes for babies born from high-risk pregnancies may do significantly better if they are placed in a Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) such as the NICU at University of Iowa Children's Hospital, which has the only Level 4 NICU in Iowa.
Our team of high-risk pregnancy experts sees patients with conditions or symptoms that include:
Advanced maternal age (over age 35)
Blood problems (sickle cell anemia or idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP))
Cancer (lymphoma, melanoma, or other cancers)
Cardiovascular problems (congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, cardiac anomalies, or cardiomyopathies)
Diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes mellitus, or other endocrine disorders)
First trimester screening abnormalities
Gastrointestinal disease (Crohn's disease or pancreatitis)
High blood pressure (hypertension or preeclampsia)
History of previous complications
Intrauterine growth retardation
Liver problems (hepatitis, cirrhosis, or transplant)