Perinatologists provide specialized care to help you safely get through a complicated or high-risk pregnancy. Pregnancy is an amazing process but sometimes complications arise that may put you or your baby at risk. You might need extra care before or during your pregnancy. If so, your OB/GYN may recommend that you see a doctor called a perinatologist.
Perinatologists are obstetricians and gynecologists with special training in high-risk pregnancies. They are also called maternal-fetal medicine specialists. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, a perinatologist may be part of your health care team and can help guide you through your pregnancy.
Health issues can complicate a pregnancy. Talk with your OB/GYN if you are pregnant – or preferably before you become pregnant – if you have an existing health condition such as:
Some conditions may get worse during pregnancy. It is a good idea to work closely with your OB/GYN to manage your health before and after you become pregnant.
You may also need to see a perinatologist if you:
Other times, a concern may come up during pregnancy. So you may need to see a perinatologist if:
Your perinatologist will work closely with your OB or midwife to manage your care. Together they can help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
Along with keeping in contact with your OB/GYN, several other strategies may help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Also, be sure to talk with your OB about a healthful, nutritious diet and getting the right amount of physical activity.