High-risk pregnancy care in Idaho Falls

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center has the region’s only neonatology and perinatology specialists. We are equipped to provide neonatal care and labor and delivery services for routine and high-risk pregnancies.

If you are concerned about having a high-risk pregnancy, talk to your OB/GYN or schedule an appointment with our perinatologists by calling (208) 528-2925.

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For some women, pre-existing health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or asthma, make their pregnancies risky from the start.

But even normal pregnancies can quickly become complicated when unforeseen conditions arise, like preterm birth, gestational diabetes or hypertension.

If you are a concerned about a high-risk pregnancy, our perinatologists work collaboratively with your OB/GYN to bring you peace of mind, allowing you to remain close to home and support systems while still receiving high-quality expertise and access to state-of-the-art procedures, if necessary.

High-risk pregnancy services

At Eastern Idaho Regional, we understand every pregnancy is unique. To meet the needs of your unique pregnancy, our comprehensive maternal fetal medicine services include the following:

  • Consultations and recommendations
  • Obstetric ultrasound for fetal screening and growth
  • Specialized ultrasound to evaluate the fetus for birth defects and chromosomal and genetic syndromes
  • Genetic screening and counseling
  • 1st trimester nuchal translucency screening
  • Prenatal testing- non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), cystic fibrosis (CF), rhesus (Rh) D genotyping
  • Antenatal testing- non stress testing (NST), biophysical profile (BPP), amniotic fluid index (AFI)
  • Middle cerebral artery doppler studies
  • Monitoring for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP)
  • Diabetic counseling and management
  • Co-management of maternal-fetal medicine conditions, such as preterm labor, incompetent service and PROM

Are you a high-risk pregnancy?

You may be classified as a high-risk pregnancy if:

  • You are younger than 18 years old or older than 35
  • You are underweight or overweight for your height
  • You have anemia (low red blood cell count & poor nutrition status)
  • You have previously given birth more than four times
  • You have had a previous pre-term birth (<37 weeks gestation)
  • You have had a previous birth of a very large or very small baby
  • You use substances (cigarettes, alcohol, drugs)
  • You have pre-existing medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy)
  • You have a short (weak) cervix
  • You have a history of blood clots
  • You used infertility medications or treatments (more likely to result in multiple births)
  • You are exposed to external risk factors such as high temperatures, radiations, pesticides, and high altitudes
  • You are in a low socioeconomic status