What you need to know about preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
Pregnancy is a special time for moms-to-be. It is also a time to make smart lifestyle choices that are vital to keeping you and your baby as healthy as possible.
Prenatal care is important because of complications that cause concern for expecting mothers, including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
“Proper prenatal care is essential for the welfare of expectant moms and their babies,” says Sean Blackwell, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist with UT Physicians and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. “At every prenatal care visit, we do an assessment for any pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.”
“It is critical for an expectant mom to be monitored throughout her pregnancy,” adds Lara Friel, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UTHealth Medical School and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist with UT Physicians and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. “Women who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a baby with a low birth weight, and the babies are five times more likely to have a fatal complication.”
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