Here at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, Dr. Robert Naef and his team field many questions about obstetric care. They want their patients fully informed about this important aspect of their pregnancies, so we've assembled some of the most common questions on the topic and listed them below. Read on to learn the answers!
Why is regular pre-natal care so vital to both the mother and baby? Scheduled visits to Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine help you and your doctor see and act upon any health problems involving you, your baby, or both of you. Dr. Naef will outline a care plan specific to you and your medical conditions, age, and upcoming labor/delivery. Dr. Naef takes special interest in positive outcomes for both you and your baby, and is an expert in high-risk pregnancies.
I have Type-2 diabetes. What are my risks during pregnancy, labor, and delivery? During pregnancy, one of the biggest risks is low blood sugar (i.e. hypoglycemia). So, be sure to eat regularly, watch how strenuously you exercise, and let family, friends, and co-workers know how you act and look when your blood sugar drops. Additionally, your doctor and his support staff will monitor your blood glucose levels closely while you are in labor and when giving birth. They will adjust your insulin intake accordingly.
I am 39 years old. Will I have pregnancy complications? Many women over the age of 35 have very healthy pregnancies and newborns. However, as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports, the risk of birth defects and maternal health problems, such as pre-eclampsia, increase with maternal age. Accordingly, your Jackson obstetrician will monitor you and your baby closely throughout the pregnancy.
What is post-partum depression? It's a very real mental health problem some moms experience after giving birth. Feelings of helplessness, sadness, and anxiety are all common symptoms, and if you persistently have feelings such as these after giving birth, call Dr. Naef for help. "Baby blues" are a serious concern, but we can help you persevere through them!
Surely you have numerous questions about your pregnancy, your care, your baby, and more. Be sure to ask them when you come to Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Jackson, MS, for your scheduled check-up. After all, the more informed you are, the healthier you and your baby will be! Call for your obstetric care appointment today at (601) 360-5651.