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A high-risk pregnancy is one that puts both the mother and child at an elevated risk of complications at or before birth. At Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS Dr. Robert Naef, III specializes in helping with high-risk pregnancies. Extra care and attention are required, including more frequent visits to the doctor’s office. Find out more about maternal-fetal medicine and how you can improve your chances of having a healthy and happy pregnancy.
What Is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?
Also called MFM, maternal-fetal medicine puts the focus on treating conditions and preventing problems related to the healthy development of a growing fetus. MFM obstetricians are also concerned with ensuring the ongoing health and wellness of the mother during and after the pregnancy.
A Focus on High-Risk Patients
The team at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS concentrate on helping patients who have conceived and have high-risk pregnancies. Patients who fit this classification include:
- Women over age 35 or who are under the age of 18.
- Women who have had difficult pregnancies in the past.
- Mothers-to-be who have been diagnosed with a pregnancy complication, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
- Patients who are expecting multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc).
- Patients who have an STD that could cause complications at birth (such as HIV or herpes) or another medical concern that’s being actively treated.
Dr. Naef at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine only treat women who are pregnant and fit the profile of having a high risk of complications. This does not include basic prenatal care or urinalysis tests. Patient care may include suggestions of specific changes to your medications and diet, preparations for C-section surgery or early labor, and working closely with your other physicians throughout the gestation period. Prenatal genetic testing may be recommended for some patients.
Get Dedicated, Highly Focused Help with Your Pregnancy
If you’ve recently conceived and are concerned about the health of your unborn child due to being a high-risk maternal patient, contact Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS for help. Call (601) 360-5651 or 844-360-5651 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Naef, III.
Find out when you should turn to a maternal-fetal specialist in Jackson, MS, for care.
Whether you are planning to become pregnant or you are dealing with a high-risk pregnancy it’s important to understand when you should turn to a maternal-fetal specialist. If this is your first child then chances are good you’re going to have a lot of questions and you’ll want someone like our Jackson, MS, Dr. Robert Naef III who will listen attentively and provide you with personal attention.
Here’s when you should schedule an appointment with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist,
You are Having Trouble Getting Pregnant
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year it might be time to talk to us about fertility testing. If you are over the age of 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for six months without success, this is also the time to turn to your doctor for an evaluation. Since infertility can get worse over time, it’s important to turn to a fertility specialist to find out what’s going on as soon as possible.
Your Pregnancy Test Came Back Positive
You just took an at-home pregnancy test and it came back positive. Congratulations! Of course, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with your OBGYN to confirm the pregnancy, determine a due date and to get your first ultrasound to make sure that both you and your baby are healthy. This first visit is important and it also gives you the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you might have.
You are a High-Risk Pregnancy
There are many reasons why a woman may go through a high-risk pregnancy. This includes,
- Multiple births
- Pre-existing conditions (e.g. diabetes; high blood pressure)
- Gestational diabetes
- Birth defects or genetic abnormalities
If you’ve been told that you are a high-risk pregnancy then our Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal specialist can provide you with the comprehensive care and services you need to maintain a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.
Here at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine, we’ve treated many pregnant women dealing with a variety of pre-existing health conditions and we offer top diagnostic technology and treatments to be able to monitor the health of both you and your baby to detect and address any issues as soon as possible.
At Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, we provide comprehensive obstetric services to women who are dealing with high-risk pregnancies. We will work with your current OBGYN to make sure that you and your baby are getting the proper care you need throughout your pregnancy.
Regular visits to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist are very important if you've been diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy. Dr. Robert Naef of Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, monitors conditions and diseases that affect your or your baby and offers treatments that may lower the risk of complications or pre-term birth.
What makes a pregnancy high risk?
You may be diagnosed with high-risk pregnancy if:
- You are pregnant with two or more babies.
- You are 35 or older.
- You've had abdominal or uterine surgeries in the past (including previous Cesarean sections).
- You have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, lupus, and other autoimmune disorders, sickle cell disease, high blood pressure, blood-clotting disorder, or HIV/AIDS.
- You developed certain conditions during your pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia.
- Your baby has birth defects or isn't growing properly.
- You have a history of pre-term labor.
- You smoke or use alcohol or illegal drugs during pregnancy.
What treatments are offered for high-risk pregnancies?
Your treatment plan is based on the factors that led your Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal specialist to decide to designate your pregnancy high-risk. For example, if you have gestational diabetes, you'll need to make a few changes to your diet to keep your blood sugar level at a normal level, exercise more and use insulin, in some cases. Failure to control gestational diabetes can increase your baby's weight and his or her risk of respiratory distress syndrome. It may also raise your risk of pre-term labor, high blood pressure or preeclampsia.
No matter what condition you or your baby have, you can expect to visit the doctor more often and undergo more tests than usual if you have a high-risk pregnancy. Depending on your specific complications, your doctor may use amniocentesis, high-resolution ultrasound, color flow Doppler, fetal echocardiography, and other tests to assess the health and development of your baby.
Although it can be a little scary to learn that you have a high-risk pregnancy, your maternal-fetal medicine specialist offers compassionate care and a variety of treatments that can help lower your risk of complications.
High-risk pregnancies warrant special care from a highly skilled maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Call Dr. Robert Naef of Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, at (601) 360-5651 to schedule your appointment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 10% of pregnant women suffer from gestational diabetes, but the exact figure remains unknown and may actually be much higher. Comprehensive obstetric care is especially important for women at high risk for gestational and preconception diabetes. Dr. Robert Naef, an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Jackson, MS, offers gestational diabetes treatment for high-risk pregnancies.
Obstetric Care in Jackson, MS
Gestational diabetes typically develops in pregnant women that did not have diabetes before becoming pregnant. Expectant mothers with gestational diabetes require extra prenatal care and monitoring to keep both their own and the fetal blood sugar levels stable throughout the pregnancy and after the birth. Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine offers treatment for high-risk pregnancies, which are defined by a number of factors:
- Age (typically over age 35, depending on the patient)
- Secondary or underlying medical conditions
- Complications with previous pregnancies
- Being pregnant with multiples (twins or triplets)
- Lifestyle factors like smoking or substance abuse
Risk Factors for Gestational and Preconception Diabetes
Gestational diabetes can generally affect anyone, but there are a few risk factors that can increase the likelihood. Some of the most common known risk factors include:
- Family or personal history of type 2 diabetes prior to pregnancy
- Being overweight or obese
- Race/ethnicity (women of black, Hispanic and Asian backgrounds tend to experience gestational diabetes at higher rates)
Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising are recommended to help lower the risk of developing or to manage preconception diabetes. High risk pregnancies are generally screened for gestational diabetes in the second trimester, but your doctor may recommend screening sooner depending on your circumstances. Treatment typically involves lifestyle modifications and monitoring, and medication in some cases.
Find an Obstetrician in Jackson, MS
For more information about diagnostic and treatment options for high risk gestational and preconception diabetes, contact Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine by calling (601) 360-5651 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Naef today.
Finding out you're pregnant is exciting. Dr. Robert Naef, III, your Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal medicine specialist wants to support you and your unborn child during your pregnancy.
Preparing for pregnancy is important. Your doctor's counseling consists of him creating a comprehensive treatment plan. Your Jackson doctor will go over your family's medical history to identify risk factors and/or pre-existing medical conditions for your specialized treatment plan.
Dr. Naef will have to adjust, or change, medicine you're taking, just in case it's harmful to your unborn child. He'll aslo recommend routine tests and provide vitamin supplements prior to conception.
Make sure you have done all the following with your doctor to minimize pregnancy complications:
- Nutritional counseling
- Pregnancy screenings
- Prenatal care
- Prenatal ultrasounds and screening
- Labor and delivery care
- Follow-up care after delivery, like birth control and postpartum counseling
What do you need to do during every trimester?
The first trimester should begin with doing the following:
- Standardized lab work and tests
- Specialized screening tests such as genetic testing.
- Answering questions you have about prenatal care
- Ultrasound exam to confirm pregnancy viability and confirm due date
The second trimester involves the following tests and exciting news:
- A 20-week ultrasound, to monitor the baby’s development and a look at the baby’s gender.
- A discussion about prenatal classes and classes on how to care for your newborn.
- Screening for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks.
- Registering at the hospital for your delivery and looking into pediatricians if you don’t already have one.
The bundle of joy is on their way and that means more visits to our office. During the third trimester we will:
- Review precautions you need to take.
- Do another routine test of Group B Strep culture.
- Evaluate your cervix.
- Discuss your delivery plans for anesthesia among other concerns you might have.
- Notify you about when to call with specific symptoms, or problems.
For more information on preparing for pregnancy schedule an appointment with your Jackson, MS, doctor by calling (201) 447-1700.