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Nothing is more important than finding an obstetrician that you can turn to for quality care.
If you just found out that you are expecting, congratulations! This is an exciting time. Of course, the next step is to find an obstetrician that can provide you with the proper care and monitoring you need for a healthy pregnancy and easy delivery. It’s normal to have questions along the way regarding your pregnancy. That’s why our Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Robert Naef, III has provided you with answers to some of the top questions we receive from our patients.
When should I first see an obstetrician?
Once you receive a positive home pregnancy test it’s time to call your OBGYN for your first prenatal appointment. This appointment will more than likely fall around the 6.5 week of your pregnancy. An ultrasound will also be performed during this visit to determine the health of the fetus, as well as the prospective due date.
What is a maternal-fetal specialist?
A maternal-fetal specialist is an OBGYN that has received additional training and education to be able to handle high-risk pregnancies.
When should I turn to an MFM?
While women won’t immediately turn to an MFM for regular obstetric care, if your obstetrician has deemed you a high-risk pregnancy then you may want to turn to our maternal-fetal medicine OBGYN in Jackson, MS, for more specialized care. A woman may be a high-risk pregnancy if she:
- Is over the age of 35
- Is carrying more than one fetus (multiple births)
- Is overweight or obese
- Has chronic preexisting conditions such as heart disease or diabetes
- Experiences preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or hypertension due to pregnancy
What can an MFM do for me?
Here at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine, we offer a full range of obstetric services to women dealing with high-risk pregnancies. No matter the cause of your high-risk pregnancy we can offer the care you need. We offer genetic counseling, screenings during all three trimesters, amniocentesis and other diagnostic testing and procedures to detect birth defects or other abnormalities.
If you are dealing with a high-risk pregnancy in Jackson, MS, it’s important that you receive thorough and comprehensive obstetric care. Call Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine to find out how we can make your pregnancy as stress-free as possible.
Find out how our maternal-fetal medicine specialist in Jackson, MS, can help you.
Finding out you’re pregnant can be an exciting time, but what happens if you find out that you have a high-risk pregnancy? There are many factors contributing factors, like pre-existing conditions, older age, and multiple births. Luckily, our very own Dr. Robert Naef, III provides comprehensive care to women with high-risk pregnancies to ensure a healthy and safe delivery.
What can cause a high-risk pregnancy?
There are several factors involved in determining whether a pregnancy is a high risk. Some of these factors include,
Pre-existing health problems such as diabetes or hypertension
Carrying more than one baby
Being overweight or obese
Being in your teens or being 35 years old or over
Habits such as smoking, drinking or using recreational drugs
A high-risk pregnancy simply means that there is an increased chance of problems for the mother or the baby during pregnancy or labor. There are also certain infections or health concerns that can arise during pregnancy that make it high risk. It’s important to understand that while the term high-risk is stressful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a problem will occur. However, by visiting our Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal medicine doctor for regular checkups, we can help prevent issues or at least detect them early on.
How often should I come in for obstetrical care?
Our maternal-fetal medicine team will want to keep a close eye on you during your pregnancy to make sure that if a problem does surface that it’s caught right away. Depending on your health and the issues behind your high-risk pregnancy, your Jackson maternal-fetal medicine doctor determines how often you should come in for checkups.
What services does the Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine offer?
We offer a full range of obstetrics and specialized treatments and testing to monitor the health of both you and your baby. We handle a variety of high-risk pregnancy cases such as,
Diabetes (both gestational and pre-existing)
Fetal growth abnormalities
Amniotic fluid disorder
We also offer a range of diagnostic testing such as,
1stand 2nd trimester screenings
Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, is here to provide expectant mothers with the individualized care they require for high-risk pregnancies and special cases. Contact our office today to find out more about the obstetrical care we offer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Naef, III, call (601) 360-5651.
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.