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.
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.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.