Having a high-risk pregnancy or being prolonged bedrest can have profound effects on you physically, emotionally, and mentally, but these effects don’t just stop with you. The all-consuming nature of a high-risk pregnancy can significantly affect the lives and well-being of your partner, children and even extended family and friends.
Women are starting families later. But the main force behind the trend is a dramatic drop in births to teens. That drove up the average age at which women give birth to their first child to 26.3 years in 2014, from 24.9 years in 2000, according to data released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By addressing health issues and risks before pregnancy, problems that could affect the health of mom or baby may be prevented. The goals of preconception counseling are to improve maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes by optimizing health, address modifiable risk factors, and provide education about pregnancy.
Most patients expect to see the same physician for every appointment during their pregnancy and seek to develop a relationship with the doctor whom they are trusting to safely bring their child into the world. In an OB/GYN group practice where your OB may not be the one delivering you, it is ideal for patients to meet each of the group practice members.
Vaginal delivery after cesarean can be a great option for some women as long as the process is understood. I will review the basic concepts regarding trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC), who may be good candidate for TOLAC, the risks and benefits, and frequently asked questions.