7 tips to manage high-risk pregnancy

7 tips to manage high-risk pregnancy

About 4% to 17% of couples in India experience infertility in one form or another, according to the WHO. We offer here some common pregnancy problems and solutions for women with high-risk pregnancies. Such pregnancies need specialized care and attention. Read on to find out how they are different and tips in the management of high-risk pregnancy

Table of Contents

Feel free to skip ahead if one topic catches your eye:

  1. Educate Yourself
  2. Closely Monitor your Health
  3. Healthy Diet, Healthy Pregnancy
  4. Don’t Ignore Your Mental Health
  5. Surround yourself with your Loved ones
  6. Know About the Best Exercise During High-Risk Pregnancy
  7. Schedule Regular Check-ups


The following can help you with the management of high-risk pregnancy

1. Educate yourself

In order to know about high-risk pregnancy management, it is important to be aware and informed about :

  • What makes your pregnancy high risk
  • The importance of eating a healthy diet
  • How to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the pregnancy
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  • Know relevant information related to your risk condition
  • Stay mindful of the risks of your pregnancy

2. Closely monitor your health

This is an important part of high-risk pregnancy management. Some tips to deal with common conditions such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, and heart diseases are given below.


  • Reduce salt intake
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take a balanced diet regularly
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Include plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Do regular exercise
  • Monitor your BP regularly

Gestational Diabetes

  • Avoid increase in weight gain during pregnancy
  • Sleep well and try to get some extra sleep during the day
  • Take plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce portion size
  • Compose your meals with about ⅓ carbohydrates, ⅔ proteins, and fats
  • Eliminate saturated fats from your diet
  • Keep a check on blood sugar levels

Heart Diseases

  • Avoid increase in weight gain during pregnancy
  • Sleep well and try to get some extra sleep during the day
  • Take plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Do some form of physical activity such as walking
  • Avoid canned and processed foods
  • Include fiber-rich foods in your diet

High-risk pregnancy treatment will help in preventing further risks and complications during labor and delivery.

7 tips to manage high-risk pregnancy

3. Healthy diet, healthy pregnancy

During the term of pregnancy, the woman needs extra calories during the second and third trimesters only ( about 450 more calories ). But extra nutrition is needed from day one. You must realize that a healthy diet translates into a healthy pregnancy and is critical for the management of high-risk pregnancy.

Depending upon your high-risk pregnancy, you may need to avoid certain foods. Apart from that, as a general rule, you must always:

  • Include a variety of fruits and vegetables on your plate
  • Make it a point to avoid sugary, salty, and processed foods
  • Nuts and seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats that are important for the growth of the baby
  • Diet management is important for effective high risk pregnancy treatment
  • Fresh vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, B complex, D, E, C, etc are vital for the growth and development of the baby
  • Vitamins and minerals such as folic acid prevent certain birth defects of the spine such as spina bifida.
  • Nuts such as walnuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, etc are rich in good fats that are essential for the baby’s development
  • Fruits such as oranges, gooseberry, etc contain the much-needed Vitamin C that maintain immunity levels and helps to absorb the iron in the body
  • Vitamins A, B12, and D are important for the mother’s body to prepare for breast milk production and also help with recovery following the delivery
  • High-risk pregnancy treatment in women where weight gain can be a negative influence is through diet modification
  • Dates are an abundant source of iron and prevent anemia
  • Mangoes are a wonderful source of Vitamin A and help to prevent low immunity and the risk of respiratory infections in the newborn
  • Dr. Preeti Singh, one of the best gynecologists in Noida can guide you through the right plan for you
  • Fruits such as banana and guava are good sources of potassium, Vitamin B6, and fiber. These nutrients help to relax the muscles, help in digestion and prevent constipation
  • Fish such as salmon, catfish, tilapia, etc provide Vitamin A and essential fatty acids that are important for the growth and development
  • Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated to support the body’s normal functioning

4. Don’t ignore your mental health

Mental health plays a vital role in the management of a high risk pregnancy.

  • Make time to do something that you truly enjoy. These can include knitting, playing an instrument, painting, etc. This will help you relax and prevent hormonal imbalances and negative physical changes that come with stress
  • Stick to realistic expectations
  • Talk openly with a friend or family member to avoid emotional build-up
  • Do not hesitate to ask for emotional support
  • Having someone to discuss your pregnancy problems and solutions can give you a great deal of positivity

5. Surround yourself with family and loved ones

  • Surrounding yourself with people who care about you
  • Gain support from women who have been through high risk pregnancy management
  • Your innermost network of people can help with preparing the home for a baby

6. Know about best exercises during high risk pregnancy


  • Walking is a good workout suited for almost all women
  • Make sure not to overstrain your joints
  • Aim for about 20 to 25 minutes of walk every day
  • Choose a route that is close to home and safe

Yoga and Pilates

  • Inform the instructor that you are pregnant and high risk
  • He/ She will modify the poses for you or include you in the group for pregnant women

Swimming and water workout

  • Aqua activities are great if you need to avoid joint and muscle strain
  • The effect of the water is such that it will support the baby’s weight you are carrying
  • If other activities strain your back, aqua aerobics or swimming is a great choice

Strength training

  • Bone and joint health are very important for a healthy pregnancy. Follow your trainer’s instructions on how pregnant women can adapt to strength training

Stick to low impact activities

  • It is best to do low or moderate impact activities such as walking, an elliptical workout, etc. A low impact workout will not stress your body too much

Whatever the exercise modality you choose, let your trainer know you are pregnant, how far along you are, and report any strain that you may feel during the workout.

7. Schedule regular checkups

Antenatal care is very important because:

  • It offers the chance to make sure your parameters such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc are normal
  • Provides regular screening for any abnormalities that may arise in the mother or child
  • An assessment of nutritional levels can be made during each visit
  • Periodic investigations provide an opportunity to monitor the growth of the unborn baby
  • Especially with high risk pregnancy, it is critical to detect the earliest sign of complication
  • It ensures continuous monitoring and preventing worsening of the high-risk cause
  • You get the chance to ask questions and resolve any concerns that you may have

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Dr. Preeti Singh has a wide and varied experience of about 21 years in managing high risk pregnancies. She is one of the most renowned and best infertility doctors in Noida. Trained in the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques in obstetrics and gynecology, she will provide the best care for your high-risk pregnancy. You can relax and receive the best care under her supervision and progress towards seeing your healthy baby soon.