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Types of Pregnancies

Whether you’re looking for guidance on starting a family or searching for an Ob/Gyn to attend to your prenatal and delivery needs, the experienced physicians at Viva Eve are here to help. There are many different types of pregnancies a woman can have, and it’s important to see your healthcare provider regularly throughout your pregnancy. Together, you will establish a partnership that is vital to the health and wellbeing of you and your growing baby.

Here are the different types of pregnancies that you may experience, all which can be managed by the Viva Eve team: 

Intrauterine Pregnancy – A pregnancy in which a fertilized egg properly implants inside the uterus and begins to develop. This is considered to be a “normal,” viable pregnancy, as the uterus is the only location in which an embryo can develop successfully. 

Breech Pregnancy – A breech pregnancy is a pregnancy in which the baby is positioned in a head-up position versus a head-down position within the uterus. Most breech babies align to be headfirst by the time of delivery – but those that aren’t are typically delivered via cesarean section to ensure the baby is delivered safely. 

Multiple Pregnancy – A multiple pregnancy is a pregnancy in which multiple babies are carried at a time, such as twins or triplets. This occurs when a fertilized egg splits into two, resulting in identical twins, or when more than one egg is fertilized and implants in the uterus. 

High Risk Pregnancy – A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy in which mother and/or baby are at increased risk for experiencing potential complications before, during, or after delivery. The risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Maternal age – Young or advanced maternal age – women who are under the age of 17 or over the age of 35 
  • Pre-existing medical conditions – Women who have a pre-existing medical condition such as hypertension, diabetes, an autoimmune disease, or other health issues 
  • Pregnancy history – A history of problems with a previous pregnancy, including premature labor or having a child with a birth defect, or a family history of genetic disorders 
  • Lifestyle choices – Smoking, taking illegal drugs, and drinking alcohol 

Women whose pregnancies are high-risk should work with their doctor to get any health problems under control. 

Ectopic Pregnancy – A pregnancy in which a fertilized egg attaches itself to one of the structures along its journey to the uterus, most commonly the fallopian tubes (called a tubal ectopic pregnancy), and less commonly, the abdominal cavity or cervix. 

An ectopic pregnancy is not a viable pregnancy and is considered to be a life-threatening medical emergency that should be treated immediately. Failure to remove the fertilized egg can cause the fallopian tubes to burst or rupture, leading to severe internal bleeding, harm to other organs, and maternal death. Ectopic pregnancy treatment involves removing the fertilized egg through medication or surgery.

Chemical Pregnancy – A chemical pregnancy is a spontaneous, very early miscarriage that occurs before ultrasounds can detect a fetus, typically by the fifth week of pregnancy. In many cases, these pregnancies end before a woman has any symptoms or misses a period, which means she never learns that she is pregnant at all. 

In others, women receive a positive result on a test that uses chemicals to detect pregnancy, such as an at-home pregnancy test. However, upon ultrasound examination, no fetus is detected. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as abnormalities within the embryo or lack of proper implantation in the uterus.

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The vast majority of pregnancies go according to plan; however, when emergencies arise, our team will chart the best course for your pregnancy. Prenatal care is essential in detecting health problems and reducing the risk of pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth, anemia and low birth weight. 

In the event that your pregnancy is considered high-risk and evaluation is needed, our health care team uses antenatal testing to assess the well-being of your developing baby. Our affiliation with Mount Sinai Roosevelt allows our patients to receive care in one of the top maternity hospitals in the country.

Turn to Viva Eve’s top-rated obstetrician gynecologists for highly personalized, expert care through every stage of your pregnancy.