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High Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care

Kevin Hooker, M.D.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Lake Havasu City, AZ

If your pregnancy is classified as high-risk due to your age or certain gynecological health conditions, you’re in good hands with board-certified doctor Kevin Hooker, MD, at Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He provides the most advanced obstetric care to patients of all ages, including low and high-risk pregnancies. Call to learn more or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Hooker.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy threatens the health of a mother or her unborn baby and requires specialized care from highly trained obstetrics providers.

Your pregnancy may be high-risk if you:

  • Have an existing health condition, such as diabetes, HIV, or high blood pressure
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Carry multiple fetuses
  • Are a teenager
  • Are age 35 or older
  • Have pregnancy complications of slow fetal growth or abnormal placenta position
  • Drink alcohol, smoke, or use illicit drugs while pregnant
  • Have a history of uterine surgery

If your pregnancy is high-risk, you can still have a healthy, full-term pregnancy. You may require frequent monitoring from Dr. Hooker, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition or require special tests to rule out genetic abnormalities and problems with fetal development.

Will I require special tests?

Dr. Hooker lets you know which special tests, if any, you’ll require during a high-risk pregnancy.

These tests may include:

  • Targeted ultrasounds to check for abnormal fetal development
  • Ultrasounds that check cervix length
  • Amniocentesis to identify genetic conditions and neural tube defects
  • Chorionic villus sampling to identify genetic conditions
  • Cordocentesis to identify blood conditions, infections, and genetic disorders
  • Lab tests to check for urinary tract infections and infectious diseases

During amniocentesis, your provider takes a sample of amniotic fluid from your uterus. A chorionic villus sampling procedure involves removing a sample of cells from your placenta. Dr. Hooker takes a sample of umbilical cord blood for testing during cordocentesis.

He goes over the risks and benefits associated with specialized tests to determine which, if any, are a good match for you.

Ask Dr. Hooker about 3D and 4D ultrasounds to view your unborn baby.

How can I increase my chance of a healthy pregnancy?

There are several things you can do to keep pregnancy risks as low as possible. Achieve or maintain a healthy weight before becoming pregnant, don’t drink alcohol or smoke during pregnancy, avoid or seek treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and manage chronic diseases.

Should I call my doctor?

Regardless of your pregnancy risk level, call Dr. Hooker at any sign of a pregnancy complication, such as:

  • Severe headaches
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Watery vaginal discharge
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Frequent contractions
  • Burning or pain with urination
  • Blurred vision

When you’re ready to receive top-quality care from a team of providers who specialize in high-risk pregnancies, call Lake Havasu OB/GYN Care today or book an appointment online.