Management of Medical Disorders in Pregnancy
Pregnancy may be a time when you can appreciate the beauty and resilience of a woman’s body, and it is also a time where her condition is most fragile. The management for any medical disorder experienced at this time is not only for the mother, but in consideration of the growing fetus as well.
Every year, there are more than 130 million births that occur worldwide where a significant number of these are complicated by medical disorders. A successful pregnancy entails certain physiologic adaptation, such as an increase in your cardiac output or changes in ventilation resulting in shortness of breath. However, medical problems that may interfere with these adaptive changes increase the risk for complications in pregnancy. Conversely, pregnancy may also impact a pre-existing medical disorder.
Pregnancy is like a stress test for life where it can unmask occult chronic diseases such as heart disease, kidney dysfunction, glucose intolerance, or hypercoagulable (excessive clotting) states. Aside from fetal monitoring, a close eye on your health by professional is just as critical for a successful outcome.
Medical Disorders in Pregnancy
- Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
- Chronic Hypertension
- Late or Transient Hypertension
- Diabetes Mellitus, Type I
- Gestational Diabetes
- Thyroid Disease
- Bleeding Disorders
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Disorders of the Central Nervous System (Stroke, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, etc)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Viral Infections
With your health directly linked to the well-being of your baby, it is essential that screening and close monitoring is done. The management of medical illness, preconception counselling, patient education and collaboration with subspecialists are all part of a holistic approach to managing medical disorders associated with pregnancy.
Put yourself in good hands as you and your baby progress through this delicate and special process. Avoid potential complications during and after pregnancy. Book your consultation with Dr. Pamela Tan today.