Pregnancy Care for Women with Blood Disorders, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, or Diabetes in Ocala, FL

Blood disorders, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are all conditions that could affect the mother and/or baby during pregnancy. A normal, healthy delivery is entirely possible despite these factors, but it requires special monitoring and attention. For patients in the Ocala, FL area, Dr. Michelle Wood and the obstetrical team at Florida Women’s Health are here to help.

Factors That Can Affect Pregnancy

If a woman exhibits one or a combination of several of the following factors, their pregnancy care may be altered:

  • Blood Disorders. Women with certain hematologic (blood) conditions, can face unique challenges during pregnancy.
  • Obesity. Obesity during pregnancy can lead to gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and/or gestational diabetes. It is important to monitor any symptoms of these conditions during pregnancy.
  • High Blood Pressure. Carrying high blood pressure (hypertension) during pregnancy poses potential risks and needs close monitoring.
  • Diabetes. A lack of or poor control of diabetes during pregnancy increases the chances of issues for both baby and mother.

Important Appointments & Tests

In order to give mother and baby the best possible chance at a healthy delivery, it is recommended that women attend:

  • Preconception counseling. Before trying to get pregnant, a preconception counseling appointment will help the mother and father be better prepared for pregnancy. The doctor will explain any potential risks and recommend lifestyle changes in order to increase chances of a healthy pregnancy.
  • Routine Checkups. Most pregnant women have around ten prenatal appointments during their pregnancy. Women with certain conditions may visit more, especially during the second and third trimester.

In addition to routine prenatal tests, additional screenings are recommended. Depending on circumstances, your obstetrician may choose to perform the following:

  • Cervical Ultrasound. Ultrasound images of the cervix may be taken to help the doctor determine if its length could be a factor that causes preterm labor.
  • Additional Ultrasounds. Additional ultrasounds would be used to evaluate growth and fluid levels and fetal or placental concerns.
  • Nonstress Test (NST). An NST may be used to ensure fetal well-being in high-risk patients and patients experiencing decreased fetal movement or other symptoms that may affect fetal status.

Schedule a Consultation in Ocala, FL

If you’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, the obstetrical team at Florida Women’s Health can help guide you through every step of the process. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment in Ocala, FL.