Pregnancy Specialist

For Women, Ltd.

Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG

OBGYN located in Streeterville, Chicago, IL

Being pregnant should be one of the most joyous times of your life. However, in some cases, specific issues arise — like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia — that require you to seek extra care. At For Women, Ltd. in Chicago, you can get the care you need for your pregnancy, even if you have complex issues. Leading OB/GYN Javier E. Fajardo, MD, FACOG and his team ensure your pregnancy and delivery go as smoothly as possible by using advanced technology to monitor your progress every step of the way. Schedule your prenatal visit either online or over the phone.

Pregnancy Q&A

What is considered a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy occurs if you or your baby’s health is threatened. Some women are more susceptible to having a high-risk pregnancy before getting pregnant, while others develop complications during pregnancy. For instance, you might face the possibility of a high-risk pregnancy if you’re:

  • Over age 35
  • In your teens
  • Overweight
  • Managing chronic health conditions, like diabetes.

If you’re already pregnant, you might be high-risk if you’re having multiple babies, since half of all twins and up to 93% of all triplets are born before 37 weeks. In this case, you will need care from a practitioner who has specialized training and experience in the complex issues that can arise.   

Which health conditions develop during pregnancy?

Even if you’re healthy, you may develop certain health conditions during pregnancy that can classify it as high risk.

For instance, some women develop issues properly utilizing blood glucose, resulting in abnormally high blood sugar levels. This condition, known as gestational diabetes, can occur either during your pregnancy or shortly after delivery.

Not only is your pregnancy considered high risk because of your elevated blood sugar, but there is also the possibility of delivering a larger baby, which could require you to have a cesarean section.

Preeclampsia occurs when your blood pressure is elevated during pregnancy. If it becomes too high, you might be subjected to bed rest for the duration of your pregnancy. Preeclampsia affects 10-30% of women who have gestational diabetes.  

Can I prevent a high-risk pregnancy?

In some cases, yes. If you’re planning to become pregnant, visit with Dr. Fajardo early on to evaluate your health and potential risk factors. It’s important to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Take prenatal vitamins

Weight gain is a natural part of the childbearing process. However, if you gain too much or gain too quickly, your risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes — as well as other complications — goes up.

Dr. Fajardo and his team monitor you regularly with imaging, including 3D ultrasounds, so you can feel confident that both you and your baby are progressing at a safe pace.

If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fajardo at For Women, Ltd. Call the office or book online.