Pregnancy is an exciting time, and it's also an important time to do all you can to manage your health and your baby's health. Dr. Silver offers state-of-the-art care for mothers-to-be in Los Angeles, CA, including mothers facing high-risk pregnancies, to help ensure optimal health and wellness all the way through delivery.
Prenatal exams help Dr. Silver monitor the health of you and your baby to help ensure a smooth and trouble-free pregnancy and delivery for both. At each exam, you'll be asked about your health, your weight and blood pressure will be taken, and your belly will be measured. You may also have lab work, including urinalysis or blood work. At certain points in your pregnancy, Dr. Silver may order an utlrasound to check on your baby's development and positioning.
Dr. Silver offers the most advanced care and treatment for pregnant women in the Los Angeles area, including:
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consultation for cesarean section and vaginal birth following cesarean
high-risk obstetrics services
A high-risk pregnancy is one which could result in health issues for either the mother or the baby or both. The best way to know if your pregnancy could be considered high risk is to have a prenatal exam as soon as possible after becoming pregnant, or better yet, to discuss your potential risks with Dr. Silver prior to becoming pregnant. Dr. Silver offers pre-conception counseling as well as consultations for infertility and for patients at risk for complications, including women with diabetes and older women.
Yes, some factors can make a woman more likely to have a high-risk pregnancy. These include:
high blood pressure
multiple previous miscarriages
Prenatal exams allow the doctor to evaluate your health and your developing baby's health. At each exam, she evaluates several things, including:
Prenatal exams can be personalized for your needs.
For healthy pregnancies that don't fall into the high-risk category, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows:
For patients over 35, teenagers, and other high-risk patients, prenatal visits are usually scheduled more often.
At key points during your pregnancy, the team may recommend an ultrasound during prenatal exams. Ultrasounds are a great tool for measuring the baby’s growth to make sure size and weight are on track.
Should anything crop up during routine health checks, or if you fall into a high-risk category, the doctor may want to investigate further with an amniocentesis, a procedure that gathers a small sample of your amniotic fluid. This fluid provides valuable indicators of the following:
The doctor also uses amniocentesis to remove excess fluid from the uterus, which is recommended for most high-risk pregnancies.
An amniocentesis is generally considered to be a safe procedure, but it does run a small risk of miscarriage. The doctor ensures that you understand every step of the procedure beforehand and why it’s important.
A number of different factors can cause the doctor to categorize your pregnancy as high-risk. These include:
Deciding between natural birth or cesarean section should take all health factors of mother and baby into account. For some pregnancies, a scheduled C-section is the safest option. For many others, vaginal delivery is best.
The most important thing is to stay flexible. The doctor will do everything possible to help you have the delivery of your choosing while making sure that you and your baby are healthy.
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Placental problems, abnormal fetal growth and high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy can also result in an increased risk for complications.
Dr. Silver accepts most PPO insurance providers.
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