High Risk Pregnancy Specialist

Richard Bardowell, MD -  - OB-GYN

Richard Bardowell, MD

OB-GYN located in Burbank, CA

As a top-ranked obstetrician and gynecologist in Southern California, Dr. Bardowell uses advanced treatment techniques and testing to care for women in and around Burbank, CA, who are facing high-risk pregnancies, including identifying pregnancy-related risks and helping to reduce the likelihood of complications during pregnancy and delivery.

High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

How can I tell if my pregnancy is high-risk?

High-risk pregnancies are those that involve increased health risks to the mother, the baby or both during pregnancy or delivery. Many health conditions or circumstances can be considered high-risk; some of the most common include:

  • diabetes before pregnancy or diabetes developing during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)

  • high blood pressure (hypertension) before pregnancy or developing during pregnancy (preeclampsia)

  • smoking or drug or alcohol use

  • carrying twins or more

  • being obese

  • having several prior miscarriages

  • pregnancy that occurs over age 35

These issues and many others can be detected with regular testing like blood work, urinalysis, and ultrasounds during pregnancy, or through the medical history provided during your first office visit. Be sure to be thorough when completing your medical history, since it does play an important role in identifying some potential risk factors.

What can I do to lower my chances of having a high-risk pregnancy?

Ensuring you're as healthy as possible prior to becoming pregnant is vitally important to your health and the baby's health. Stop smoking and using drugs or alcohol, maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet. During pregnancy, continue your healthy living habits and keep all your prenatal visits so you can have the tests you need to ensure optimal health all the way through pregnancy, for both you and your baby.

How can I keep my blood pressure under control during pregnancy?

Your blood pressure will be measured at every office visit to help ensure it stays within healthy limits. Steps you can take to keep your blood pressure under control include quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol, staying active and eating a balanced diet that's low in sodium (salt).

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO plans, including the following insurance for both current and new patients. Please contact your insurance plan for specific coverage information by calling the telephone number listed on your insurance identification card.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Health Net
Medi-Cal (OB Only)