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May 07, 2020
Category: Women's health
Tags: Obstetric Care  

At Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dr. Robert Naef III and his team provide the finest compassionate obstetric care for high-risk pregnancies in the Jackson, MS, area. They serve both mother and baby, working toward positive pregnancy outcomes, even in high-risk situations.

Those important 40 weeks

That's the amount of time you and your baby will be living closely together. However, you are separate people, with different health needs. As such, the better your prenatal care you receive, the better the birth experience will be for both you and your new little one.

The American Academy of Family Physicians asks that you call your obstetrician as soon as you suspect you may be pregnant. The sooner you begin your prenatal care, the better your outcome is likely to be.

Additionally, your maternal-fetal medicine team in Jackson, MS, works along your delivering OB providing the patient their necessary high-risk care. Will you need surgical intervention? Are you giving birth to one or two babies? What is the position of your placenta? As the weeks progress, Dr. Naef will monitor your progress carefully.

High-risk services you may receive

1. Management of any existing maternal health conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes

2. Review of your health history, particularly your OB/GYN history

3. Update on vaccinations

4. Monitoring of maternal weight and vital signs

You're in good hands...

And, so is your baby. At Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dr. Robert Naef III and his compassionate team help women with high-risk pregnancies have the healthiest possible birth experiences. Call us for an appointment in the Jackson, MS, area: (601) 360-5651.

April 13, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preconception care can improve the health of your future child as well as reduce your risk of premature birth. Designed to help you plan for your future pregnancy, consulting can benefit you and your partner by increasing your chance of having a healthy baby. Dr. Robert W. Naef of Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine is an obstetrics specialist located in Jackson, MS—read on to learn how his guidance can help you.

What is Preconception Counseling?

Making sure that your baby is healthy begins before you conceive. Your health and the health of your partner is important when you are preparing for pregnancy, so a preconception counseling appointment with an obstetrics specialist is always a good idea.

During a counseling appointment at our Jackson office, your obstetrician will discuss the following:

Medical History

This will not only include your medical history, but also that of your immediate family, as this will give your counselor an indication of any genetic disorders that you may pass on to your child.

You should let your obstetrician know if you have a family member with any of the following conditions:

  • Mental illnesses
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Birth defects
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Sickle cell anemia

Your Gynecological History

As well as your general medical history, your preconception counselor will need to know about:

  • Your menstrual cycle
  • Any previous pregnancies
  • STDs
  • Vaginal infections (such as candida)
  • Any uterine or cervical abnormalities
  • Your vaccines

Making Lifestyle Changes

After your consultation, your counselor may recommend that you make some lifestyle changes to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy. These may include:

  • Giving up smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Losing weight
  • Getting more exercise
  • Making dietary changes
  • Changing or not taking certain medications

If you would like to learn more about preconception counseling, contact Dr. Naef of Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, at (601) 360-5651.

By Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine
January 10, 2020

Pregnancy can bring simultaneous emotions of joy and stress, and when a pregnancy is considered high-risk, there may be an added element of fear. While any expectant mother could face unexpected complications, certain conditions may make carrying to term and delivering a healthy baby more challenging. Fortunately, here at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, our obstetric specialists will work with you throughout the duration of your pregnancy to monitor your health, assuring that you have the best experience possible. Here is what to know about high-risk pregnancy, and how we can help with any obstetric concerns:

What can cause a high-risk pregnancy?

Age is one of the most common factors for a high-risk pregnancy. Both very young women or those nearing middle age may have more difficulty carrying to term. In general, females in their mid-thirties and older are at a greater risk, as are those 17 or younger.

Lifestyle choices can also affect the health of a pregnancy. Smoking, drinking, and illicit drug usage all put added stress on the body, and can cause obstetric difficulties. Weight is another factor, with underweight or obese women facing more risks.

Overall health plays a role in your chance of experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, as well. Pre-existing conditions such as HIV, Hepatitis C, diabetes, anemia, cancer, or high blood pressure can place strain on the body, as can conditions which develop during your pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, abnormal levels of amniotic fluid, or preeclampsia, in which high blood pressure can cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

Your pregnancy history also affects your risk of obstetric complications. If you have suffered previous miscarriages or early-term labor you may have heightened odds of a risky pregnancy. Carrying multiples is also a potential cause for an increased risk.

How the providers at our Jackson office can help:

The obstetric specialists at our Jackson office will work closely with you to make sure that you are making healthy choices, as well as providing you with any needed medical tests, care, or intervention. Among the things you can do to help lower your risk of pregnancy complications are choosing healthy foods, consuming the proper amount of calories, exercising lightly (though not strenuously), abstaining from tobacco/alcohol, and getting proper sleep. We can also help you monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar, and overall health to help prevent any potential complications from developing or progressing.

Trust in the obstetric providers at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson to help you through your pregnancy. Call us today at 601-360-5651.

By Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine
November 19, 2019

Maternal-fetal medicine doctors specialize in providing care for pregnancies that are complicated or considered high risk. There are a number of factors that categorize a pregnancy as high risk, from maternal age to being pregnant with multiples. Dr. Robert Naef, an OB-GYN and MFM specialist, offers obstetrics services at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS

Complicated or high-risk pregnancies require extra care depending on the circumstances. In some cases, a pregnancy turns high risk later in the second or third trimester due to common health complications like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. According to the National Institutes of Health, some of the most common factors that can increase the risk of pregnancy complications include:

  • Maternal age (pregnancies over age 35 are considered high risk)
  • Underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV, cardiac problems, or other health conditions
  • Obesity (can increase the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia)
  • Being pregnant with twins or multiples

If you meet one or more of the risk factors, it doesn't mean that you can't or won't have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are trained to provide care and support to help manage complications and address potential health concerns throughout the pregnancy and delivery.

Getting prenatal care and taking any necessary precautions are the first steps in ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy. Dr. Naef and the team at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options.

Pregnancy can be unpredictable and some factors are out of your control, and even a pregnancy that starts out low risk can develop complications as it develops. Your maternal-fetal medicine specialist is here to help you stay healthy and have a safe delivery.

Find an OB/GYN and MFM Specialist in Jackson, MS

For more information about maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology services in Jackson, contact our office today by calling (601) 360-5651 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Naef.

By Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine
November 06, 2019
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Pregnancy can be both an exciting and overwhelming time, whether it is your first time or you have already given birth before. Every pregnancy is different, and getting the prenatal services and care that are right for you is the first step in a safe and healthy pregnancy. Robert W. Naef, III, MD in Jackson, MS, offers obstetrics and gynecology care for every stage of pregnancy and after delivery.

Prenatal and Pregnancy Services in Jackson, MS

The first thing you should do when you find out that you are pregnant is to schedule an OBGYN appointment. The sooner you begin your prenatal care, the better. Every stage of pregnancy is different and requires different types of screenings and tests for both you and your developing baby. Prenatal care is especially important in the first trimester.

In addition to health exams and screenings, your OBGYN will help you make a nutritional plan, and help you make any necessary lifestyle adjustments to help you stay as healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy as possible. Prenatal care also covers counseling services and helps to prepare expectant mothers and families for the different stages of pregnancy, as well as what to expect one the baby (or babies) have arrived.

High-Risk Pregnancies

If your pregnancy is considered high risk, prenatal care is even more important. Some of the factors that make a pregnancy high risk include:

  • Age (teen pregnancies or women over age 35)
  • Pregnant with multiples
  • Being obese or underweight
  • History of pregnancy complications
  • Existing health conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, or high blood pressure (discuss any health issues or concerns you may have with the OBGYN as soon as possible)

In some cases, even pregnancies that are not considered high risk can become high risk, the most common causes being gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, which develop in utero. This is another reason why it is important to maintain prenatal care throughout the duration of your pregnancy.

Find an OBGYN in Jackson, MS

To learn more about prenatal care and services at every stage of pregnancy, contact our office by calling (601) 360-5651 to schedule an appointment with  Robert W. Naef, III, MD in Jackson, MS today.

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