Pregnancy Information

General information about family planning and pregnancy.


High Risk Pregnancy

High Risk Pregnancy in ,

While a pregnancy is almost always a happy occasion, many women are faced with the prospect of a high risk pregnancy. Whether due to a pre-existing illness, age or any other factor a high risk pregnancyrequires special care.

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What is a High Risk Pregnancy?

A pregnancy is considered high risk when either the mother or child faces an increased chance of complications. Some of what causes a high risk pregnancy is pre-existing health conditions, while other risk factors include age or lifestyle choices.

A high risk pregnancy isn't necessarily “treated”, but is instead subject to much closer monitoring and more frequently health check-ups. If the high risk pregnancy is due to an underlying medical condition, treatment of that issue may need to happen before pregnancy occurs.

If it is determined that a high risk pregnancy is present, special steps may be taken. These can include blood testing, urine testing and additional ultrasounds. In some cases, a special facility or hospital that caters to high risk pregnancies may be used.

High Risk Pregnancy Factors

There are many different factors that can lead to a high risk pregnancy. Some non-illness high risk pregnancy factors include:

  • Age: Women younger than 17 or older than 35 face a higher risk of complications than women within that range.
  • Multiple-child pregnancy: In many cases, a multiple-baby pregnancy is automatically considered high risk.
  • Lifestyle: Mothers who are obese, underweight or have a history of substance abuse are considered to have a high risk pregnancy.
  • Past pregnancy issues: If a mother has dealt with multiple miscarriages, early birth, and pregnancy seizures or has had previous high-risk pregnancy, this is also a factor.

Many high risk pregnancies also stem from health issues present in the fetus, including Down syndrome, heart problems and lung issues.

Still other high risk pregnancies are caused by a pre-existing health condition in the mother. Some of these illnesses can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma

Certain medications may affect pregnancy risk as well.

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If you believe you are entering a high risk pregnancy, contact a medical professional immediately. Request more information about obstetric care: call (281) 824-1480 or contact us online.


Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss in , Dealing with pregnancy loss, frequently known as a miscarriage, is one of the most difficult things for any woman to go through. This difficulty is magnified when it comes to recurrent pregnancy loss, where multiple miscarriages have occurred consecutively.

Recurrent pregnancy loss may be treatable, depending on the source of the condition. Request more information about recurrent miscarriage treatment today: Call (281) 824-1480 or contact us online.

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Symptoms

Recurrent pregnancy loss has no true symptoms as it is merely the name given to the occurrence of multiple miscarriages. However, it is important to identify the symptoms of miscarriage as a part of understanding recurrent pregnancy loss.

Signs of a potential miscarriage include:

  • Fluid or tissue passing through the vagina
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Vaginal spotting
  • Unexpected bleeding

Most miscarriages happen before the 12th week of pregnancy, but can also happen earlier or later. In most cases, it is considered recurrent pregnancy loss if a miscarriage has occurred in three or more pregnancy.

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Causes

The possible causes of recurrent miscarriage are many. In general, most causes are broken down in to two categories: issues that affect the fetus or embryo, and issues that affect the health of the mother.

Some recurrent pregnancy loss causes that extend from the fetus include:

  • Abnormal development
  • Lack of embryo formation
  • Tumor in the uterus
  • Genetic defects

While the majority of recurrent pregnancy loss stems from that list, maternal health problems may also cause the issue. Some health issues that may interfere with pregnancy include:

  • Thyroid disordes
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cancer
  • Infections
  • Diabetes
  • Injury
  • Advanced age

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Treatment

There isn't just one recurrent miscarriage treatment. Instead, most plans will target the underlying issue. Much like the causes, treatment for this issue is broken up into categories: treatment that concerns the embryo and treatment that targets the mother.

Maternal treatment is based around eliminating or correcting the health issues that have led to the recurrent pregnancy loss.  Potential treatment options can include:

  • Hormonal treatments
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Medication
  • Lifestyle adjustments

When the issue is genetic abnormality or an issue with the embryo, treatment will be different. Some of these potential treatments may fall under the umbrella of reproductive endocrinology treatment. Options include:

  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Donor fertilization
  • Close monitoring during pregnancy

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Preconception Medicine

Preconception Medicine in ,

Taking care of yourself during and after pregnancy goes without saying, but one aspect of the birth process that is often overlooked involves taking care of yourself before trying to get pregnant.

Focusing on your health before you conceive will not only lead to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, but it might even improve your chances of getting pregnant in the first place.

If you are thinking about having a baby, it's best to consult with a doctor at least three months before you begin trying to get pregnant. An experienced pregnancy doctor can help you avoid complications that can arise during pregnancy due to existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Your doctor can also help you put together a plan that will lower the risk of birth defects and even pre-term births.

Women who aren't planning to have a child, but are sexually active, might also want to consider preconception medicine in the event that an unexpected pregnancy occurs.

Lifestyle Changes

The first step in preconception medicine is to assess aspects of your lifestyle that could lead to an unhealthy pregnancy. During these consultations, your doctor may address negative habits such as drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes.

Your doctor may also analyze your weight to help recommend nutrition and exercise plans that will get your body into the right condition before you try to conceive.

Medical Treatment

Some preexisting medical conditions could lead to complications during pregnancy. These will need to be addressed as well. Some of them may include:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Oral health
  • Obesity
  • Epilepsy

Your doctor will review your medical history to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date and discuss any medications or over the counter supplements you may be taking.

Your doctor may also recommend a pap smear to study the cells in your cervix as well as health screenings to identify any sexually transmitted diseases you may have. Any of these conditions could potentially impact your health and the health of your baby.

Counseling

In addition to offering medical support, your doctor will also be there to educate you on other habits that can contribute to a healthier pregnancy. Your doctor may recommend supplements such as folic acid that reduce the risk for birth defects of the brain and spine, or offer advice on avoiding hazards in the home and at work.

Your doctor can also discuss the pregnancy process with your partner, including ways that they can help both physically and emotionally. Pregnancy involves both partners, and because of this, positive lifestyle changes and proper medical screenings should be considered by both of you.

Genetic Counseling

If you are over the age of 35, have had two or more miscarriages or you have a family history of complications during or after pregnancy, your doctor may recommend genetic counseling. Your doctor may review your genetic background including traits you may have inherited from your parents as well as conditions that may be related to your ethnic background. Taking the steps to understand your unique genetic make-up can lower the risk of birth defects and lead to a healthier pregnancy for both you and your child.


Family Planning

Family Planning in ,

Whether parents seek to have one child or many, family planning can be a very useful resource. More than a single treatment, family planning instead is compromised of a variety of solutions designed to help potential parents grow their family on their terms.

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What is Family Planning?

Family planning is a general term applied to any collection of treatments created to help potential parents plan their family. Despite the name, some aspects of family planning are focused on preventing pregnancy from occurring before the parents are ready.

In general, the goals of family planning include:

  • Preventing unwanted pregnancy
  • Increasing access to reproductive health services
  • Reducing infant mortality
  • Increasing life expectancy
  • Reducing STD testing and HIV rates
  • Counsel potential parents on their options
  • Helping infertile or less fertile parents conceive

Starting a family or raising a child is a very important step in the life of any adult, and one that should be considered from all angles. Family planning services can be an important part of this process by providing potential parents with all the resources needed to make the right decision for their needs.

How Does Family Planning Work?

While many people associate family planning with birth control and contraception, that is just one of the many services that can be part of a family planning program. Some of the services that may be offered at a family planning center include:

  • Birth control & contraception
  • Pregnancy termination (in certain states)
  • Counseling services
  • Elective sterilization procedures (tubal ligation)
  • STD screening
  • Physical examinations

It's important to understand that no two family planning centers are the same, and the services they offer will differ accordingly. Family planning laws and guidelines vary greatly by state, so it's important to make direct contact before assuming any service will be provided in your location.

Ultimately, family planning provides an outlet for information, treatment and counseling for prospective parents.

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Infertility Treatment

Infertility Treatment in ,

Infertility refers to the inability to conceive a child. Despite some common misconceptions, infertility can be an issue that affects both men (male infertility and women. Infertility can make conceiving a child a difficult situatuion both mentally and physically. 

There are infertility treatment options available. To request an infertility consultation, call (281) 824-1480 or contact us online.

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as the physical inability to conceive a child. In women, there are two benchmarks that constitute an official case of infertility:

  • For women 35 and younger, attempting to conceive for 12 months with no successful result.
  • For women 35 and older, attempting to conceive for 6 months with no successful results.

Millions of people worldwide struggle with infertility when attempting to start a family. Infertility can stem from issues affecting both men and women, with has any number of potential causes.

Infertility Causes

Some cases of infertility are caused by men, some by women and others affect both partners simultaneously. The likelihood of each of these issues is roughly equal.
In women, infertility may be caused by:

  • Fallopian tube damage
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Early menopause, perimenopause
  • Pelvic damage
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Cervical abnormalities
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Cancer
  • Delayed puberty
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications

In men, infertility may be caused by:

  • Low sperm count
  • Abnormal sperm production
  • Inability for the sperm to reach the egg
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Cancer
  • Overexposure to a harmful substance, such as radiation and pesticides

Some people struggle with just one of these listed issues, while for others it may be a combination of any of them. Certain factors or choices also put a person or couple at a higher risk for infertility. These include:

  • Late age
  • Tobacco and alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Low weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Past history of infertility
  • Fertility treatment typically begins with rigorous testing of both partners to determine the root cause of the infertility. After this initial testing, infertility treatment typically begins.

Infertility Treatment

Much like the causes of infertility, the treatment of infertility will vary depending on the root cause of the issue. There are infertility treatment options available for both men and women
Infertility treatment for men includes:

  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Certain hormones
  • Sperm retrieval

Infertility treatment for women includes:

  • Fertility drugs
  • Surgery
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

The correct method of treatment will vary greatly depending on the root cause of the fertility in question. Another popular method is assisted reproductive technology, also known as ART. Assisted reproductive technology uses advanced methods to help couples conceive. Forms of ART include:

  • Sperm injection
  • Assisted hatching
  • Donor eggs
  • Donor sperm
  • In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Gestational carriers (surrogate pregnancies)

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The only way to determine which method of infertility treatment or fertility testing is right for you is to receive a fertility consultation. Request infertility information today: call (281) 824-1480 or contact us online.

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