Pregnancy & Child Birth

Good Health Before Pregnancy

If you are planning to become pregnant, you should discuss your plans with your doctor so you can identify any potential risks. Your doctor will want to know if your immunizations are up to date, recommend possible changes in your diet and nutrition, discuss risks that can impact your baby and help you plan for a healthy pregnancy.

Pregnancy

If you suspect you are pregnant, or if you have taken a home pregnancy test and believe yourself to be pregnant, you should schedule an appointment to confirm your situation and begin to plan for a healthy baby. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Multiple Birth Pregnancy

Your doctor may suspect a multiple birth if your uterus is larger than average or if she hears multiple heartbeats during your regular exam. A multiple birth pregnancy—the birth of twins, triplets, or other multiples—is typically confirmed by an ultrasound—a test that uses sound waves to identify the outline of your baby, or in this case, babies.

If your tests confirm a multiple pregnancy, your doctor will discuss the additional precautions you should take to reduce your risk of complications.

Pregnancy and High Blood Pressure

A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80, meaning the systolic pressure, when the heart contracts, is 120 and the diastolic pressure, when the heart relaxes, is 80. High blood pressure poses risks for any woman, but it is especially dangerous when you are pregnant.

There are two types of high blood pressure associated with pregnancy
  • Chronic hypertension—high blood pressure that has been present for some time before the pregnancy, and
  • Gestational hypertension—which typically develops some time after the 20th week of pregnancy.
High blood pressure during pregnancy may cause less blood to flow to the placenta, the source of the baby’s oxygen and nutrients. Restricted oxygen and nutrients can slow the growth of the fetus.

You may be experiencing complications of high blood pressure if you experience
  • Sudden weight gain, more than 1 pound a day
  • Swelling of the face or hands
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your doctor right away. Click here to contact us to make an appointment to discuss how to manage your blood pressure during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Diabetes

If you are a diabetic, you know the importance of controlling your blood sugar level to maintain your health. When it comes to pregnancy, blood sugar control is more important than ever. Good blood sugar control during pregnancy reduces the risk of
  • Miscarriage and premature birth
  • Changes in the pancreas that can result in excessive growth of the baby and risk of injury for you and your baby during birth
  • High blood pressure
  • Jaundice for your baby
Because of the hormonal changes during pregnancy, women can develop “gestational” diabetes, even if they have had no symptoms of diabetes in the past. For most women, this condition will correct itself after the baby is born. Women with diabetes or high risk factors for diabetes should be screened for blood glucose levels early in their pregnancy. Others should be tested between 24 and 28 weeks. If your test results show that your blood glucose levels are high, your doctor will discuss the importance of diet, exercise, and frequent testing to manage the situation. If you have concerns, Click here to make an appointment to discuss what care you will need before, during and after pregnancy.