Testing and Preventing Pregnancy-Related Issues in NJ
The last thing an expectant mother wants to think about is the possibility of a medical complication during pregnancy, but unfortunately, they do occur from time to time. These medical complications could lead to premature birth, complications during labor, and in some instances, infant death, so it’s extremely important to undergo careful evaluation for such issues if you find yourself at risk. At New Jersey Perinatal Associates, our high-risk pregnancy specialists have years of experience addressing medical complications of pregnancy and helping expectant mothers and families in NJ achieve successful births.
What are Medical Complications of Pregnancy?
Medical complications of pregnancy can be related to the health of the mother or baby. Either way, the mother must receive the proper care to address any issues that are present and continue with a healthy pregnancy. In some cases, health issues arise unexpectedly during pregnancy, while in others, there may be health problems present before conception that make the pregnancy more complicated. Common medical complications during pregnancy include (but are not limited to):
- Low amniotic fluid
- Placenta previa
- Gestational diabetes
- Ectopic pregnancy
At NJPA, we focus on all stages of pregnancy, to address and resolve complications from the beginning to the end. Care is provided both before pregnancy, in the case of those seeking preconception counseling, and during pregnancy. Assessments during pregnancy focus on providing thorough care to those with pregnancies labeled “high-risk” due to medical, surgical, or obstetrical risk factors. Learn more about how our specialists at NJPA provide care to mothers and families in NJ to achieve healthy and successful pregnancies, even when risks are present.
How We Manage and Prevent Medical Complications of Pregnancy at NJPA
Preconception Counseling in NJ
For those men and women who have a complicated family history and pre-existing medical issues that could potentially be hereditary, it’s important to receive preconception counseling before trying for a baby. This process consists of preconception testing, counseling, and appropriate medical care. Not everyone may need to undergo preconception counseling, but it’s crucial if a woman or her partner has any medical issues such as diabetes, hypertension, an autoimmune disorder, an infectious disease of any kind, or thyroid disease. Obstetrical issues that call for counseling include mature maternal age (35 years or older), recurrent pregnancy loss or stillbirth, and a history of preterm labor and birth. An appointment for preconception counseling generally includes a discussion about your medical history, your family medical history, your OB/GYN history, and your lifestyle habits. A physical exam and lab tests are often part of the process so a full picture of your health can be achieved.
Risk Assessment and Planning
When there is a risk of complications during pregnancy, it’s important to assess and plan to prevent them from becoming harmful to the mother and baby. While complications can arise that are not life or death, it’s still crucial to tell your doctor of any pre-existing health issues that could lead to a complication. Common conditions that are found during pregnancy, which could lead to a serious complication, include anemia, which may be treated with an iron supplement; urinary tract infections, which are dealt with by taking antibiotics; and gestational diabetes, which may be managed by a proper diet, exercise, and occasionally medication. If untreated, these risks may lead to early birth or issues with breathing in a newborn. Risk assessment and planning allow a physician to sit down with a couple who is serious about conceiving a child and review specific medical issues, discuss the risks and possible complications, and plan accordingly.
Assessment During Pregnancy
Unlike preconception counseling and risk assessment and planning, assessment during pregnancy happens when a woman officially has a confirmed pregnancy. Even though expectant mothers will still visit their regular obstetrician at least once a month during the first 7-8 months of their pregnancy, either she or her doctor may notice some serious changes throughout this time frame. Our team of perinatal doctors utilizes the most advanced technology combined with experience and compassion to provide the best, all-inclusive care. We assess expectant women during their pregnancies to diagnose, monitor, and treat any complications that may arise. Some will refer to this as a “high-risk pregnancy,” meaning that the pregnant woman and her child must be watched and cared for more than the average expectant mom and baby so that the risk of complications and negative outcomes will be minimized. Having a high-risk pregnancy may sound intimidating, but with the proper care and management, complications can be identified and addressed early on.
Medical complications during pregnancy can add uncertainty and stress to what should be an exciting and life-changing time. New Jersey Perinatal Associates is proud to offer comprehensive care to those with high-risk pregnancies at our office locations in NJ. Our offices are staffed with teams who give each patient their undivided attention and dedication.
Our perinatologists at NJPA are well-versed in the treatment and management of medical complications of pregnancy. Our team works together internally and with our referring doctors to ensure that every part of a patient’s care journey is clear and beneficial to both the patient and their baby.
Care for Medical Complications of Pregnancy in NJ
At New Jersey Perinatal Associates, we take medical complications of pregnancy very seriously and will work with a mother to help her receive the proper assessments, care, and treatment. When a patient is referred to us, we uphold a strong relationship with the referring doctor so that all members of a patient’s care team are kept in the loop about the mother’s health and the health of her baby. We want to help you enjoy this exciting time in your life by addressing potential risks and complications with compassion and expertise. With several office locations in New Jersey, we strive to give expectant mothers and families in NJ easy access to comprehensive prenatal care. To learn more about NJPA or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.