High Risk Obstetrics Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

OB/GYNs & Urogynecologists located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

If you’re an older woman, pregnant with more than one baby, or have had a high-risk pregnancy in the past, you might need some extra care during your pregnancy. The expert team of OB/GYNs at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica have extensive training in high-risk obstetrics. This Santa Monica, California, practice welcomes new patients who are at risk of a high-risk pregnancy or delivery. Call or schedule your appointment online, whether you’re trying to conceive or you’ve just found out you’re pregnant.

High Risk Obstetrics

What is advanced maternal age?

After your 20s, it becomes more difficult to conceive. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible; rather, you could just have a few bumps along the way. Advanced maternal age occurs when women become pregnant or try to become pregnant after age 35.

If you’re attempting to conceive in your late 30s or into your 40s and haven’t had success after six months, it’s time to see Dr. Blumenfeld. You need to find out if anything is inhibiting your pregnancy and learn about risk factors that come along with advanced maternal age including:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Premature birth
  • Risk of miscarriage

Do I need an advanced ultrasound examination?

Possibly. A traditional in-office ultrasound is beneficial for:

  • Confirming a pregnancy
  • Checking your baby’s heartbeat
  • Finding out your baby’s gender

The images from an ultrasound aren’t always clear though. If you’re of advanced maternal age or are at risk of having a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Blumenfeld may order an advanced ultrasound. This modern type of imaging provides 3-D and even 4-D pictures of your growing baby.

You and Dr. Blumenfeld can better monitor your baby’s progress with an advanced ultrasound combined with fetal echocardiography, to monitor your child's heart. Plus, an advanced ultrasound often lets you get a clear image of your little one’s face.

What do I need to be concerned about with a multiple pregnancy?

If you’re pregnant with twins, triplets, or even more, your growing bundles of joy are sure to take a toll on your body. While you can certainly have a happy and healthy pregnancy and delivery, you need some extra monitoring, starting with conception. With multiple pregnancies, you need to watch out for signs of:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Early labor
  • Placental abruption
  • Preeclampsia

Dr. Blumenfeld cares for you and monitors you every step of the way, so you know exactly what to expect when you’re carrying multiple babies. Most of the time, in addition to scheduling extra prenatal visits, you just need to get extra rest and pay more attention to your diet.