Pregnancy

Pregnancy Specialist
Dr. Jose Medrano is a leading provider of pregnancy care for women in Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale and surrounding areas, offering an array of services based on the unique needs of every woman, including women with high-risk pregnancies, women who have conceived via IVF, and surrogate pregnancies. He has a low cesarean section rate, and performs VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) at select hospitals. He provides caring, individualized care, and enjoys getting to know each of his patients during the course of their pregnancy. He provides cord blood collection services through various companies.

Pregnancy Q & A

What happens during a prenatal exam?

Prenatal exams are conducted on a regular basis throughout pregnancy, becoming more frequent in the weeks just before delivery, to monitor the health and wellness of both the mother and the baby. Exams begin with weight and blood pressure measurements along with a discussion of any concerns the mother may have. Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, belly measurements may be taken and ultrasounds may be performed, and a special device may be used to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. Genetic testing may also be recommended for some women. Blood tests and urine tests will be performed on a regular basis, and women will receive guidance to help them stay healthy and to understand what to expect in the next few weeks of pregnancy. Our practice also provides specialized care for women who have conceived via IVF, helping them and their babies enjoy healthy pregnancies all the way through delivery.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy where certain health or lifestyle factors have the potential to cause complications for the mother-to-be or the baby at some point during the pregnancy or delivery. Several factors can cause or contribute to high-risk pregnancies, including:

  • teen pregnancy
  • older age
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • alcohol or drug use
  • multiple previous miscarriages
  • carrying more than one baby
  • uterine fibroids or scarring
  • having high blood pressure or diabetes prior to pregnancy or developing one or both of these conditions during pregnancy
  • having some chronic diseases, genetic disorders or medical treatments, including radiation therapy

Women who have high-risk pregnancies will need to have more frequent prenatal exams, and they may also need to have additional testing and evaluations throughout pregnancy to provide in-depth monitoring of their health and the health of the baby.

 

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