Pregnancy Assessment in New Jersey
Before deciding to have a child, consulting with a doctor about your past health problems is paramount. These past problems can have a major impact on the pregnancy, and medications might have to be modified. Certain medications can be harmful to the mother and the child if taken during pregnancy. Taking the right precautions before you become pregnant is key, especially for those for whom risks may be present. Our specialists at NJPA take the time needed to discuss the medical and family history of each patient and their partner. This helps us to identify whether or not genetic testing is needed to provide a full picture of potential risks. These conversations also lead to lifestyle changes that promote a healthier and safer pregnancy.
What Types of Complications Can Occur During Pregnancy?
If you are planning for a pregnancy, it is important to be informed about potential complications and their possibility of affecting you. During pregnancy, some complications can be irritating or uncomfortable but do not seriously threaten the health of the mother or baby. In severe cases, the life of the mother or baby can be in danger if the proper steps are not taken. This is why awareness is so important, especially for first-time mothers, as it can be difficult for them to assess what is normal and what is not. Complications of pregnancy are not always physical, as a mother can become depressed during or after their pregnancy. In these cases, proper support is crucial.
Common Conditions Throughout Pregnancy
Part of risk assessment and planning at NJPA is informing our patients about common conditions that can develop during pregnancy and determining if a patient is at a higher risk for certain conditions. Some common conditions that can develop during both high and low-risk pregnancies include:
- Anemia is a deficiency of red blood cells, which can be remedied by an iron supplement taken daily.
- Urinary tract infections
- These infections are very common in both pregnant and non-pregnant women. All that is required for diagnosis is a sample of urine. UTIs often clear up in just a few days with help from antibiotics.
- Gestational Diabetes
- This condition is where sugars cannot be broken down efficiently, leading to high blood sugar levels. This can cause complications such as early birth or the child having breathing problems. A doctor can put you on an appropriate diet to minimize these risks.
- Preeclampsia is a condition that causes dangerously high blood pressure in pregnant women. It usually occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. At NJPA, we will monitor your blood pressure so the proper steps can be taken if it begins to rise.