Posts for: February, 2016
How your MFM specialist can provide care during high risk pregnancy
There are many conditions which can cause you to have a high risk pregnancy. It’s important to think ahead if you believe you may be at high risk while pregnant. You should seek out the help of a maternal-fetal medical specialist like Dr. Robert Naef III at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS. He can provide you with comprehensive, reassuring care before, during and after your high risk pregnancy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, your age plays a significant factor if you are 35 years or older. Lifestyle issues like smoking and drinking alcohol can also affect your risk while pregnant. Also, issues which can place you in a high risk pregnancy category can include a history of:
- Prior Caesarian-section surgery
- Premature birth or low birth weight babies
- Genetic abnormalities
- Medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or epilepsy
- Multiple pregnancies
Dr. Naef wants to help you understand how to manage the risks and treatment for one of the most important events of your life. If you do have a high risk pregnancy, Dr. Naef can help you with care and treatment of:
- Maternal diabetes, thyroid problems and hypertension
- Preeclampsia and toxemia from high blood pressure
- Early labor before the full development of your baby
- Birth defects including Down’s syndrome and cystic fibrosis
- Genetic and neural tube abnormalities
Your Jackson doctor may suggest sono or 3D ultrasound to provide the most accurate imaging of your baby in the uterus to rule out any fetal abnormalities. He also may suggest amniocentesis which involves taking a fluid sample from your uterus sometime after your fifteenth week of pregnancy. Amniocentesis can help to determine if your child has certain serious genetic issues. These are just a few of the diagnostic techniques used by Dr. Naef to care for you and your baby.
Having a baby is one of the most important and memorable life events you will ever have. You owe it to yourself and your baby to receive the best care possible, especially if you have a high risk pregnancy. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Stop in and visit Dr. Robert Naef III at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS. You and your baby can depend on him to look after your high risk pregnancy needs, so call today!
Finding out that your pregnancy is high risk may not only be a bit unnerving but can also bring up tons of unanswered questions. While these tend to be the most common questions, you may have more questions that your Jackson, MS maternal-fetal medicine doctor Dr. Robert Naef, III will be happy to answer during your next visit.
Q. Is my age a factor?
A. The older you are the more you’re at an increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, and miscarriages. This also puts your baby at risk for being born prematurely, as well as other genetic disorders like Down syndrome. Your doctor can evaluate your health and age to determine your specific risk factors.
Q. Will I need to stop taking certain medications during my pregnancy?
A. There are certain medications that aren’t safe for your baby, which is why it’s important to provide us with a full list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking to figure out which ones you can continue using and which ones aren’t safe.
Q. Can I have pets while pregnant?
A. As you’ve probably heard, animals can pose risks for your baby but we would be happy to discuss with you about ways to live as safely as possible with your pet. If you have a cat, do not change the litter box as this could put your baby at risk for toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection.
Q. Is traveling safe?
A. If we’ve determined that you are a high-risk pregnancy then you’ll have more frequent visits, some of which may not be planned so it’s important that you remain as close as possible to your doctor. If you have to travel make sure there is medical care nearby if necessary.
Q. What should I do if I experience bleeding?
A. Slight bleeding during pregnancy is normal, but too much bleeding could indicate an issue. If you notice that you are bleeding don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can determine if you need to come into the office.
Q. Are there foods I shouldn’t eat?
A. Since what you eat also affects your baby, there are certain things you should and shouldn’t eat. This means staying away from raw or uncooked meat, raw cookie dough, oysters, and sushi. Also, lunch meats, hot dogs, and unpasteurized cheese should also be avoided because of bacteria. We would be happy to discuss your diet with you to help promote a healthy, safe pregnancy.
Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine is here to provide all the answers, compassionate care and support you need during your pregnancy. Call us today if you would like to schedule an appointment.