Specialized obstetrics medicine helps Katy patients avoid pregnancy complications
Your board-certified specialist in obstetrics medicine in Katy, Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, is dedicated to reducing the risks of developing medical conditions that can harm you and your unborn child.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports at least four percent of women develop high blood pressure, usually during the latter half of pregnancy. This condition makes it difficult for your baby to get the oxygen and nutrients he or she needs because it impedes blood flow to the placenta.
Hormones released during pregnancy give rise to elevated glucose levels and diabetic symptoms. The condition usually develops around the 20th to 24th week. The doctors will discuss screening, monitoring, and management of gestational diabetes with you.
Iron deficiency anemia
Even before you become pregnant, the doctors will discuss your dietary needs, including supplementation of essential vitamins and minerals such as iron. You need more iron during pregnancy because of the increased blood that you’re producing. The team continues to measure your iron levels throughout pregnancy. Keep an open dialogue about symptoms like shortness of breath and dizziness, which are signs of deficiency.
Pregnant women are also at risk of infectious diseases such as toxoplasmosis, which can cause congenital hearing loss, blindness, and mental disabilities. Some women may also develop debilitating hyperemesis gravidarum that goes beyond “normal” morning sickness. This condition causes ongoing and unrelenting nausea, and affected women may require intravenous fluids to feel better and stay appropriately hydrated.
This is an exciting time for you and your family, and Dr. Jenkins and his team want you to be as comfortable and healthy as possible. They’ll work with you to minimize the risks of developing gestational conditions and to help you manage preexisting conditions that are associated with many ill effects to you and baby.