Perinatal Center of Iowa (PCI) offers a complete spectrum of services for women who are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant — including prenatal screenings, ultrasound services, genetic counseling, high-risk pregnancy management and inpatient care.
While most pregnancies proceed normally, some require special care. This may be due to a special circumstance known in advance of pregnancy, such as when a mother has a pre-existing medical condition. Other complications with a pregnancy may be discovered during prenatal testing or during the course of the pregnancy.
You should seek special care in advance of pregnancy if you:
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Are pregnant before age 18 or after age 34
- Have a history of miscarriage, stillbirth or pre-term birth
- Have a family history of genetic disorders
- Have been exposed to drugs, X-rays or other harmful agents
- Are extremely over- or under-weight
- Have tested positive for HIV and/or other sexually transmitted diseases
To help ensure the birth of a healthy baby, we suggest you:
- Seek pre-conception care from your health care provider to identify any risks or problems before becoming pregnant.
- Seek genetic counseling if there is a history of genetic disorders, or if you are over age 34.
- See your health care provider as soon as you become pregnant to set up a schedule for prenatal care. During this visit, discuss your risk factors.
- While you are pregnant, avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and taking any drugs, unless prescribed by a physician.
- Avoid chemicals in the workplace or at home.
- Avoid high temperatures, including hot baths, saunas or hot tubs.