Dr E Peter Anzaldo, MD
ObGyn & Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist located in Orange, CA
If you’re expecting, you’re probably experiencing a mix of excitement and worry. And that’s completely natural. After all, you want to be sure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible. As a leading ObGyn and maternal-fetal health specialist in Orange, California, Dr E Peter Anzaldo provides comprehensive pregnancy care including high-risk pregnancy care to help moms-to-be and their babies enjoy optimal health and wellness throughout pregnancy and delivery. The practice offers state-of-the-art care and treatment that’s tailored to the unique needs of every patient, so call the practice today, 714-997-7140.
How often will I need to see Dr E Peter Anzaldo during my pregnancy?
Most moms-to-be visit the office every month until about the 28th week of pregnancy, then every other week until week 36. At that time, you’ll begin coming in every week until delivery. If you have what’s considered a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll probably need to come in more frequently.
What happens during a pregnancy visit?
Your visit will begin with a review of any symptoms or concerns you might be experiencing, followed by measurements of your weight and your blood pressure. At most appointments, you’ll have lab work like blood tests or urinalysis. Depending how far along you are in your pregnancy, you might have an ultrasound and Dr E Peter Anzaldo will measure your belly and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. Finally, you’ll receive guidance on the steps you can take to stay as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
In a high-risk pregnancy, the health and wellness of the baby or the mother (or both) are at risk, either during pregnancy or at the time of delivery. There are many factors that can cause a high-risk pregnancy, including:
- Diabetes that exists before pregnancy or develops during pregnancy (a condition called gestational diabetes)
- High blood pressure that exists before pregnancy or develops during pregnancy
- Obesity or older age
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Several previous miscarriages
Women who have high-risk pregnancies need special care. Dr. Anzaldo has significant experience treating women with high-risk pregnancies, with care based on each patient’s unique needs.
How is gestational diabetes treated?
Gestational diabetes can cause severe complications both for you and for your baby. To stay healthy, you’ll need to have frequent office visits and monitor your blood sugar regularly. You’ll also need to follow a special diet very closely and follow Dr E Peter Anzaldo’s instructions with regard to maintaining your weight and being physically active. The baby’s health and development will be monitored regularly, and you may need to take medicine to help control your diabetes.
If I have a high-risk pregnancy, will I need to have a C-section instead of a vaginal delivery?
Not necessarily. You’ll be monitored throughout your pregnancy to determine if you’re a candidate for a vaginal delivery or if a C-section is more advisable. Some high-risk pregnancies require C-section to reduce stress on the baby and on you as well.
*Individual results may vary