Dr. Garrett Lam shares how preeclampsia can affect a growing baby and if it can be prevented. Dr. Lam is a member of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society and practices his craft at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Well, depending on the severity of the disease, preeclampsia is marked by high blood pressure. If there’s high blood pressure then you can conceivably think that the pipes or the blood vessels that provide blood to the fetus to the placenta are clamped down and as a result, there’s decreased blood that goes through a smaller pipe.
Thus babies of moms with preeclampsia can have trouble growing, something called intrauterine growth restriction, and they can also have low fluids, something called oligohydramnios. Additionally, if a mom has a severe enough type of preeclampsia where it necessitates delivery then you deal with the prematurity aspect for the baby.
Well quite honestly, the best way to prevent preeclampsia is actually to start working on one’s health even before she gets pregnant. So a woman who is overweight ideally should embark upon a careful weight loss regimen. A woman who has known hypertension should take measures to reduce her hypertensive severity, for example, exercise, keeping to her medications and so forth.
When they do become pregnant they need to be watched carefully by their doctor for evidence of preeclampsia and some of the things that might help is regular assessment of blood pressures, regular assessment of lab work to look for evidence of things such as HELLP syndrome and testing the urine for protein.
About Dr. Garrett K. Lam, M.D.:
Dr. Garrett K. Lam is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Rochester, completed his residency training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, then went to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for his fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
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Condition: Pregnancy, High-Risk Pregnancy, Preeclampsia
Related Terms: Cesarean Section, C-Section, Vaginal Birth, Elective C-Section, Emergency C-Section, Labor, HELLP Syndrome, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Banner Good Sam
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, AZ, 85006, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Maricopa County, Phoenix Metropolitan Area
Expert: Dr. Garrett K. Lam, Garrett Lam, M.D., Doctor Garrett Lam, Obstetrician Dr. Garrett Lam, Dr. Garrett Lam, OB/GYN
Expertise: High-Risk Pregnancy, Cesarean Section, C-Section, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Perinatal Care, Birthing Services, Fetal Assessment, Fetal Therapy, Fetal Intervention, Premature Babies