There are specific risk factors you might have that increase the chances of developmental problems with the embryo during the early stages of pregnancy, including pre-existing conditions like diabetes, infections, certain substances, and certain occupations (e.g., working with small children).
There is also a slight chance of you having a child with a genetic condition or congenital disability. Various testing options are available to you before pregnancy and during the earliest stages of embryonic development.
High Risk Pregnancy Doctors or a genetic counselor can help you decide which of a number of genetic risk assessments might be beneficial for you. Women who may benefit from such services and prenatal diagnosis include those who:
- Are over 35
- Are obese
- Have had an abnormal test result
- Have another child with a condition
- Have had multiple pregnancy losses
- Have experienced a stillbirth
- Had twin or triplet pregnancies
- Have a family history of a genetic condition
Your maternal-fetal medicine specialist can either co-manage your care with your referring doctor or provide complete prenatal care. This includes preconception counseling and intervention, managing conditions such as diabetes, providing exercise counseling and classes, and more.