Maternal Complications Specialist

Perinatal Diagnostic Center

High Risk Pregnancy & Fetal Medicine Specialists & OBGYNs located in Ventura, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

While most pregnancies develop healthily, around 8% of pregnancies involve some type of complication that can harm the mother or the baby. At Perinatal Diagnostic Center, in Thousand Oaks, West Hills, Mission Hills, and Ventura, California, Daryoush Jadali, MD, and his team diagnose maternal complications and offer customized care to manage and protect your health. Call Perinatal Diagnostic Center to make an appointment today.

Maternal Complications Q & A

What are common maternal pregnancy complications?

When you’re expecting a baby, your body goes through many changes, and you may experience new health problems related to your pregnancy. With proper medical attention and treatments, you can protect your health and the health of your baby.

Some of the common maternal pregnancy complications include:

High blood pressure

You may have high blood pressure before pregnancy, or it can develop during your gestation. High blood pressure increases your risk of preeclampsia, a condition where your placenta separates from the wall of your uterus. Depending on your condition, you may need treatment to lower your blood pressure.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of insulin resistance that develops during the second trimester of pregnancy. Your placenta produces several hormones that interfere with the action of insulin in your cells and lead to high blood sugar levels.

Anemia

Anemia is a condition where you have an insufficient volume of red blood cells. This can make you feel weak or tired. Dr. Jadali may recommend iron and folic acid supplements.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Pregnancy can increase your risk of developing a UTI. Your growing baby puts extra pressure on your bladder and urethra. You may find it hard to empty your bladder completely, increasing your risk for a bacterial infection.

Weight gain

If you have an average weight, you should only gain 15-25 pounds during pregnancy. While the old wives’ tale indicates that you’re eating for two, you only need an extra 200-300 calories a day to support a healthy pregnancy. If you’re concerned about weight gain, talk to Dr. Jadali for nutrition tips.

What approaches manage maternal complications?

If you develop any pregnancy complications, Dr. Jadali and the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Center offer customized treatments to manage your health. You may need more frequent prenatal checkups and additional tests to monitor your health, but with proper care, you can have a healthy pregnancy and safe labor and delivery.

What can I do to reduce my risk of maternal complications?

You should take steps to optimize your health before you get pregnant. This could include attaining a healthy body weight or getting treatment to manage pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure. You should always eat a nutritious diet and aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.

If you’re concerned about maternal complications during pregnancy, call Perinatal Diagnostic Center to make an appointment today.