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.