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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.
Finding out you have a high-risk pregnancy doesn’t have to be stressful. We are here to help.
While finding out you’re pregnant should be an exciting time in your life, it can be rather stressful to find out that you have a high-risk pregnancy. In order to protect the health of both you and your unborn child, you want to have a doctor that you can trust to provide you with comprehensive and compassionate care to ensure that you have a smooth pregnancy. Our Jackson, MS, maternal-fetal doctor, Dr. Robert Naef, III, is here to make sure that you get the care you need whenever you need it. We offer a wide range of comprehensive services for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies.
Here are just some of the amazing diagnostic services and maternal-fetal care we offer here in Jackson:
There are certain risks that can always arise during the course of one’s pregnancy. Of course, if you have a family history of certain genetic abnormalities or diseases then you may be worried that your child could develop these health problems, too. Genetic testing allows us to determine your child’s risk level for certain issues such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia to put your mind at ease and to answer any concerns you may have.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes then having a high-resolution ultrasound at your disposal is a major relief, as this diagnostic tool can be a great way to examine your baby’s health in a safe and completely non-invasive way. This high-resolution technology ensures that certain abnormalities, defects or health problems in the baby are detected right away so we can determine the best course of treatment.
This diagnostic tool is also an ideal way to detect certain congenital heart problems within your unborn child. The sooner we can detect heart problems the sooner we can create a treatment plan that will ensure that both you and your baby remain healthy. Since certain high-risk pregnancies can increase your baby’s chances of developing a congenital heart problem, having this tool at your disposal is a major comfort.
Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, is here for you when you need it most. Pregnancy should be an exciting moment in your life. Don’t let a high-risk pregnancy take away your happiness at this joyous time. We can provide you with the care you need to give you the peace of mind you need.