High Risk

Updated on December 11, 2006
B.U. asks from Chaska, MN
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I am pregnant with my second child and I am consederd very high risk. With my first child I gave birth at thirty weeks. I later found out that I have a very rare conditon. I was born with only half a uterus. At first when i forund out I was pregnat again my husband and I had decied not to go through with the pregnancy but later changed out minds. We are very scared and Are praying for a good out come. Are there any other high risk women out there that might have some advice?

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So I have found a wonderful doctor who is taaking great care of me. I never knew that there was so many ways to stop preterm labor.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I can probably comment for everyone on here when I say, 'Youll be in our thoughts.' High-Risk pregnancies are hard, especially when given the option to terminate.

I am proud of you for sticking it out. (What a tough decision- I'm not sure what I would have done, myself.)

There's a plan- for everything. (Are you sick of hearing that yet?) When I found out I was pregnant with Ava, and the hyperemesis got so bad I was fired, and I sat in bed, (nurses fed me and gave me meds through a pic line,) I seriously considered terminating. My first doctor suggested the idea.

But Ava? I wouldn't give her up for ANYTHING. (As I'm sure you wouldn't give up your two year old.) It's amazing what the body can do in times of adversity.

Please know- you are in my thoughts, and I am pulling for you. You're an amazing woman who made a very courageous choice.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I was highrisk too for gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia and I just concentrated on making to where a baby is viable. I pretty much knew I would have a preemie and just really concentrated on things one week at a time and was on bedrest. I was lucky enough to get to 33 weeks. I really do feel lucky. My daughter has had little minor problems and I still see some problems in her from being born early but nothing to bad. She doesn't have cerebral palsy and so many of the conditions that are common in preemies. If you made it to 30 weeks before I'm sure you can make it close to that again. I've heard alot that every pregnancy is different and the second pregnancy can sometimes be alot easier. My nephew was born at 26weeks and was 1 lb. when born. He is a bright happy 6 yr.old now. I wish you luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

I highly recommend a perinatologist for your pregnancy. I went through Minnesota Perinatologists at Abbott for my last 2 pregnancies and know my girls are here thanks to the docs there. I have a similar condition, I have a bicordinate uterus. That means I have a whole uterus, but there is a wall down the middle, making 2 sides. The baby is in one side and has a much smaller space to grow in, putting me at high risk for preterm labor. You made it to 30 weeks the first time, which is wonderful. Your uterus has stretched out and should be able to go longer than 30 weeks this time, as long as you get good care and lots of rest. Make sure you have help for you 2 yo, you will probably be on bed rest. What did they do for you for your first pregnancy? Bed rest, meds, cerclage, etc?? Feel free to email me if you want to talk. I have had 6 pregnancies and have 3 living children - born at 34, 36, and 37 weeks. I know how hard it is to be pregnant and be afraid of losing the baby.
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answers from Minneapolis on

Hi B.,

I am also high risk. You should see a Perinatologist. They are physicians that specialized in high risk pregnancies. Minnesota Perinatologist are located in United Hospital, ###-###-####. They also have offices at Abbott, ###-###-#### and Edina, 612- ###-###-####. You don't need a refferal. You may want to check with your insurance to verify that you are covered. I wish you the best.

A little about me: Married, SAHM of 2 girls. My 4 y/o was born at 33 weeks and my 18 month old was born at 35 weeks. Pregnant with my 3rd, due this spring. I also have a bachelors degree in nursing, but currently do practice!



answers from Wausau on


Just wanted to let you know that I give you props for sticking this pregnancy out! I don't know how hard a high risk pregnancy because I have never had one personally, but I have been around a lot of people who have. I wish you the best of luck and I will be praying for that little person you are carrying to be as healthy as possible. My neice was born at 29 weeks and is now a healthy, smart, happy 4 year old! Good luck!!




answers from Minneapolis on

I delivered my son at 27 weeks, so my current pregnancy is also considered high risk. My biggest advice is to see a perinatologist instead of a regular OB. I go to a clinic next to United Hospital in St. Paul called Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. They also have a clinic at Abbott Northwestern. But it is quite possible that a Peri will have seen your condition before and know how to treat it during pregnancy. I feel so much more relaxed since I am being watched more closely and I know that they will catch something sooner.


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