Should I see a perinatologist?
A maternal-fetal medicine doctor, or perinatologist, may join your care team if you face an increased risk of complications because you:
Are age 35 or older.
Are carrying a baby who moves less than expected.
Are expecting twins, triplets or other multiples.
Have a chronic health condition, such as:
Bleeding or blood clotting disorders
High blood pressure
Have a history of preterm labor, preeclampsia, early deliveries or stillbirths.
Have a family history of genetic conditions.
Take medications or are exposed to illicit drugs.
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Trust your care team to do everything possible to help you successfully deliver a healthy baby. Talk to your doctor about:
Amniocentesis – Takes a sample of fluid from your womb to check for chromosomal abnormalities (genetic problems that cause birth defects) and fetal infections.
Coagulation management – Keeps track of your bleeding and clotting condition and adjusts treatment if needed.
Diabetes care – Recommends ways to manage the condition during pregnancy.
Prenatal genetic counseling – Helps determine the risk your baby could have for a birth defect or genetic disorder.
Ultrasound – Shows the baby’s growth and organ development.