Pregnancy and Preexisting Conditions

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Expert Care for Preexisting Medical Conditions and Pregnancy

If you have a preexisting medical condition and are pregnant, or planning to conceive, you may require additional care and monitoring to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Our maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physicians are experts in high-risk pregnancy who provide specialized care for women with one or more medical conditions. They provide personalized care plans and work closely with you to achieve a healthy start for you and your baby. Our MFM experts carefully track fetal growth and development, monitor and adjust your medications, and attend to all pregnancy needs. They work in partnership with Brigham Health’s world-renowned specialists in your disease or condition.

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The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our top priority. We know that COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future, so we're taking a comprehensive approach to provide you and your baby the safest possible environment. Read our Safe Care Commitment.

Our specialists are available to connect with you for new patient consults, on-going prenatal visits and monitoring, and follow-up appointments, both from the comfort of your home through Virtual Visits and in-person office visits.

Your high-risk pregnancy needs don’t stop, and neither does our care. Schedule an appointment today.

High-Risk Pregnancy History

Complications from a prior pregnancy may call for extra vigilance. Women who have experienced ectopic pregnancy, recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm birth, placenta abnormalities or prior abdominal surgery may benefit by monitoring from a MFM specialist – as do older women, due to complications that arise more frequently after age 35.

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Cardiovascular Disease

The Cardiovascular and Pregnancy Program provides expert care for congenital heart disease and defects, abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, structural heart disease, coronary artery disease and vascular disease. Our multidisciplinary teams include high-risk pregnancy specialists, a full range of cardiology specialists and specialized nurses.

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Obesity and Pregnancy

Obesity increases the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, sleep apnea and delivery via Cesarean section. Obesity also is linked to birth defects and pregnancy loss and creates barriers for tests that monitor your health and the baby’s. Our supportive experts help you achieve a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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History of Infertility and IVF

If you became pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), you are at higher risk of having twins or triplets and placenta abnormalities. Our high-risk specialists will monitor your hard-won pregnancy after IVF, in collaboration with your infertility team, and prepare for a safe delivery.

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Other Medical Conditions

Starting even before you are pregnant, our MFM experts provide specialized care for women with diabetes; inflammatory bowel and other gastrointestinal diseases; neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy; cancer; asthma and other lung diseases; psychiatric illness; and lupus or other rheumatologic disorders.

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We understand that you may have concerns and want to assure you that we are steadfast in our commitment to safely providing the care you need. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are available to connect with you in person and with Virtual Visits. To request an appointment, call 617-732-5130 or submit the form below.

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