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Reasons to See a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Sub-Specialist

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The most common reason for a woman seeing MFM sub-specialist is that she is considered at risk for complications during pregnancy.

There are several reasons why a woman may experience complications during pregnancy, these reasons may classify her as high-risk and can be caused by medical and surgical disorders during pregnancy.

These disorders include, but are not limited to:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-eclamsia (toxemia)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Infectious diseases

Healthy women may also need to see a MFM sub-specialist. The following are reasons a healthy woman without medical or surgical disorders may need to see a MFM sub-specialist, all of these reasons create the potential for preterm birth and complications:

  • Pregnant with multiple babies (twins, triplets, or more)
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Suspected fetal growth restriction (baby not growing properly)
  • Evidence of possible birth defects