Tips for dealing with a high-risk pregnancy

All pregnancies can be stressful, but it can be particularly tough coping with a high-risk pregnancy that requires you to follow a number of special orders recommended by your doctor.

According to WebMD, a pregnancy is considered high risk if you or your baby have an increased chance of experiencing a complication. This can be difficult news to get, because it can leave you very concerned about your future and the health of your baby. However, on top of being concerning, having a high-risk pregnancy can also be frustrating and boring - especially if it requires you to limit your mobility. 

There are many factors that can lead to a high-risk pregnancy. For example, the Mayo Clinic states that being over the age of 35 can add complications to your pregnancy, as well as engaging in certain lifestyle choices like smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. Aside from these factors, past medical issues, such as a prior C-section, low birth weight baby or preterm births, can all put your current pregnancy at risk. Also, having health problems, like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure or epilepsy, can all lead to a high-risk pregnancy. 

If you do discover that your pregnancy is a risky one, there are some things that you can do to cope with this fact. 

Deal with stress - The Mayo Clinic states that when you discover you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may feel stressed and anxious. For example, every time you go for a prenatal visit with your doctor, you may be worried about getting more bad news. However, you shouldn't  ignore this anxiety, since stress can harm your baby's health. This is why you should talk to your friends, family and healthcare professionals about all your concerns and engage in stress-relieving activities, such as deep breathing exercises or meditation. 

Focus on your health - At this moment, nothing is more important than the health of you and your unborn child. This means that you need to follow all the orders your doctor gives you, even if it requires staying in bed for long periods of time. While this can be boring, think about all of the joy you'll get when your baby is born and this time of worry is over. Take this time to read, catch up on good movies or talk to the people around you. 

Get reinforcements - Yahoo! reported that if you're experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, you shouldn't go about it alone. Call on any friends and family members who can help you with things you may not be able to do by yourself anymore, such as grocery shopping, getting to the doctor's office or even doing laundry or other chores around the home. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it, as this is the time to seek assistance from the people who love you and want to keep you and your baby healthy. 

While some factors that lead to a high-risk pregnancy cannot be controlled, others can. For example, the Mayo Clinic recommends that, to reduce your risk of a high-risk pregnancy, you should be sure to seek prenatal care. This type of care will provide you with a doctor who will monitor your health and your baby's health from the very beginning. Also, you should eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables.

Did you have a high-risk pregnancy? If so, do you have any tips for other women going through this? Leave them here!