Pregnancy is a unique time for any woman. During pregnancy, your body goes through many different changes as a new life develops in your womb. Dr. John Macey sees patients in early pregnancy, but no longer delivers. If you believe you're pregnant or want to become pregnant, book your appointment online, or contact Dr. Macey's office to schedule a consultation and get the answers to all of your questions.
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Pregnancy causes significant changes in your body, along with the development of the fetus in the womb. As soon as the egg is fertilized, your body produces certain hormones that prepare your body to sustain the additional life growing inside you. The first signs of pregnancy often include extreme fatigue and tenderness in the breasts.
If you're like many women, you may experience mild to moderate nausea in the mornings. This is also referred to as “morning sickness” and can last throughout the entire pregnancy. Certain foods or smells may also cause you to be nauseous throughout the day.
A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the life of the mother or the child (or both) is at risk of harm in some fashion. If you've had miscarriages in the past, or have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes, you would be considered high risk.
If you're over the age of 35 when you become pregnant, and you've had significant problems with prior pregnancies, you're more likely to have a high-risk pregnancy.
Any situation that escalates to the point where there's potential danger to the mother or the child indicates the need for C-section. If your labor stalls and causes distress to the baby, your obstetrician often recommends a C-section, especially if the baby isn't receiving the oxygen it needs. C-section may be necessary as a result of the baby being in an incorrect position for delivery.
Problems with the placenta detaching too soon or a compromised umbilical cord can indicate the need for emergency procedures. A C-section may also be required if you start to experience significant health issues, such as blood pressure spikes, or problems maintaining normal blood glucose levels.
*Individual results may vary