Pregnancy Complications Specialist

Reno Maternity Care

Maternal Fetal Medicine & Gynecology located in Reno, NV

Most pregnancies progress to the delivery of a healthy baby with no major concerns. However, some mothers can experience complications requiring expert care from a specialist physician like Earle Oki, MD. At Reno Maternity Care in Reno, Nevada, experienced OB/GYN and fetal medicine expert Dr. Oki provides the best possible treatments for women who have pregnancy complications. Whatever complication you have, Dr. Oki and his team can help, so call Reno Maternity Care today.

Pregnancy Complications

What are pregnancy complications?

Pregnancy complications are those conditions that can arise and make your pregnancy or the birth riskier than an average pregnancy.

Although most pregnancies are straightforward, complications can happen. Some of the pregnancy complications that could affect you include:

  • Amniotic fluid complications
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Placental abruption
  • Placenta previa
  • Preeclampsia

Being aware of what can go wrong, even if it’s unlikely to happen, can help you take preventive measures wherever possible. Knowing what signs to look out for can also help you spot any complications quickly so you can get the right help.

What are the signs of pregnancy complications?

Bleeding is a sign of possible pregnancy complications, and if you start bleeding, you should call Earle Oki, MD, PC, right away. Bleeding could be a symptom of:

  • Placental complications
  • Vaginal infection
  • Cervical infection
  • Preterm labor

Bleeding and having cramps could be the first sign of a miscarriage, but there are other explanations for bleeding, so try not to panic if you see any blood.

Spotting with cramps can also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, where the fetus is growing outside your uterus. This can cause severe complications for the mother.

You might also have tenderness in your abdomen, but not always — for instance, placenta previa can cause bleeding, but doesn’t cause pain.

Preeclampsia can cause a range of symptoms, including severe swelling of your hands and face, as well as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Decreased urination
  • Belly pain
  • Blurred vision

If you’re having breathing problems, it could be due to a fluid build-up that’s putting pressure on your diaphragm. Pain in your leg could be due to a DVT (deep vein thrombosis), which is a blood clot that can form in your deep veins.

If the clot breaks off, it could travel to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism, which again might cause breathing problems and is a medical emergency.

How are pregnancy complications treated?

After identifying any potential complications or risks you have relating to your pregnancy, the team at Reno Maternity Care can arrange for any extra tests or screenings you might need.

They can also treat the symptoms of diseases you already have, like diabetes, and help you manage your health problems to minimize the risk during your pregnancy. This could be with medication, or you might need to undergo a procedure to reduce the risk.

For example, if you have an incompetent cervix, stitching the cervix closed until you’re due to deliver can reduce the risk of premature birth. Some conditions, like preeclampsia, might require bed rest or hospitalization.

At every stage, the health of you and your unborn child are the priority. The team at Earle Oki, MD, PC, works closely with your obstetrician to make sure you have the best care and support possible throughout any pregnancy complications

Call Reno Maternity Care today to find out more.