Should I see a perinatologist?
A maternal-fetal medicine specialist, 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
- Thyroid disorders
- Have a history of preterm labor, preeclampsia, early deliveries or stillbirths.
- Have a family history of genetic conditions.
- Take medications or are exposed to illegal drugs.
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 a birth defect or genetic disorder.
- Ultrasound – Shows the baby’s growth and organ development.