Knowing Risks

Know how your age can affect your pregnancy.


Your age directly influences your chances of complications and fetal problems. Statistically, your risk of chromosome abnormalities goes from 1 in 450 at age 29 to 1 in 200 at age 35. At age 39, that figure is 1 in 80. We can show you similar statistics for other potential disorders.

Of course, it's essential that every pregnant woman is screened for abnormalities. But if you're concerned about your age affecting your baby's development, it's important to be evaluated by specialist who will perform the most complete diagnostics available.

Modern diagnostics help assess your true risk.

While there are statistical risks inherent in pregnancy, your actual risk can only be assessed through a series of screenings and tests. Here are some of the many advanced tools and procedures we use to evaluate your actual risks:

SONO CT ultrasound – We're the first in Mississippi to offer this new ultrasound technique, which uses "overlapping waves" to produce more complete images for better accuracy and quicker results.
3D ultrasound – Another first for the state. We can view the fetus in three dimensions. You get to see your whole baby, and we can more completely monitor its development.
BCR – Using specialized equipment that produces much clearer images than regular ultrasound, our specialists see specific organs in greater detail and can better screen for certain abnormalities.
Amniocentesis – By extracting a small amount of amniotic fluid from the uterus at about the 16th week of pregnancy, we can screen for chromosomal abnormalities, genetic diseases and neural tube defects. While this process comes with some risk, our rate of complication is half the national average.
Maternal Serum Screening – This simple blood test lets us screen for increased risk of birth defects, many of which can only be found through testing.
Fetal Echocardiography – Much like with a normal EKG, our specialists use this technique to diagnose congenital heart defects as well as other abnormalities. Early diagnosis of heart defects is key to maximizing your options.
ColorFlow Doppler – A technology that uses sound waves and color-mapping to determine direction, velocity and variance of blood flow inside the womb. Our experts use these images to determine potential disorders in both the fetus and uterus.

Your caring guide for every stage of pregnancy.

Every pregnancy has some degree of risk for complications, fetal abnormalities or maternal health problems. One of our goals at Mississippi Maternal-Fetal Medicine is to help you understand these potential problems and how they can affect you. In addition to the most informed care and most complete options for coping with these risks, we provide the caring and understanding you need during this important part of your life.

Here are a few of the problems that we diagnose and help manage:

Birth Defects – From Down's syndrome to genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell disease and more.
Preterm labor – Labor triggered prior to full-term development.
Preeclampsia/Toxemia – Problems with high blood pressure that can occur in the latter half of pregnancy.
Fetal growth restrictions – Abnormalities during pregnancy that can inhibit proper development of the fetus.
Open Neural Tube Defects – Incomplete brain and/or spinal cord growth, either spina bifida or anencephaly.
Amniotic Fluid Disorders – Problems that occur in the liquid surrounding the fetus.
Premature rupture of membranes – Early ruptures that can cause fluid loss or other problems.
Hypertension – Preexisting high blood pressure.
Diabetes – Occurring before pregnancy or as a result of it.
Thyroid Problems – Glandular disorders that can affect your health...and that of your baby.