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High Risk Obstetrics Including Vbac Specialist

Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Medicine Practice located in Tallahassee, FL

If you’ve been told you have a high-risk pregnancy because of your age, a medical condition, or because you’re expecting more than one baby, you want the most knowledgeable and expert OB/GYNs on your team. The experienced team at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine in Tallahassee, Florida, specializes in high-risk obstetrics, including vaginal birth after a cesarean section. If you want quality care for yourself and your baby, from pregnancy to delivery, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

High Risk Obstetrics Including Vbac Q & A

What is high-risk obstetrics?

High-risk obstetrics is the prenatal care and delivery of a child in a situation where the mother or baby has complications that require extra attention. You may need an OB/GYN who specializes in high-risk obstetrics if you:

  • Are under age 17 or over age 35
  • Have a pre-existing medical condition
  • Have a history of problems during pregnancy or delivery
  • Had prior miscarriages
  • Have a personal or family history of genetic disorders
  • Are carrying more than one baby

Certain conditions that may develop during pregnancy could also put you in the high-risk category. These include:

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Premature labor
  • Placenta previa
  • Fetal problems

If any of these conditions apply to you, or you’re concerned they might apply to you, make sure you see the expert team at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine.  

What if I’m not yet pregnant, but I might be high-risk?

If you have a medical condition or other risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy, you should come to Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine for a preconception appointment. Your doctor will discuss the steps you can take to optimize your chances for a healthy and uneventful delivery. Your doctor may suggest:

  • Adding more whole foods to your diet
  • Getting more exercise
  • Taking at least 400 mcg of folic acid daily
  • Making sure you’re up-to-date with immunizations
  • Quitting smoking

Once you’re pregnant, it will be extra important for you to see the team at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine regularly so they can monitor your baby’s development and ensure that both of you are safe.

Why is a VBAC considered high-risk?

A VBAC — which stands for vaginal birth after cesarean — can pose a risk, though they’re normally safe. If your doctor delivered your child through a cesarean section, your uterus was incised and stitched. Your uterine wall is therefore weaker than normal and at a slightly higher risk for rupture during labor and delivery. However, in 90% of cases, women can safely have a vaginal delivery after having a cesarean section.

If you’re interested in a VBAC, your doctor at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine examines you to be sure your uterus is strong enough for a vaginal delivery. You may not be eligible for a VBAC if you:

  • Had more than two low transverse cesarean deliveries
  • Have uterine scars that are not related to a cesarean section
  • Experienced prior uterine rupture  
  • Have uterine abnormalities

If you need high-risk obstetric expertise, book an appointment with the caring team at Nature Coast Women's Care & Family Medicine online or over the phone today.

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