Fetal medicine is the branch of medicine that provides care for the fetus and the to-be-mother. This includes the assessment of fetal growth and wellbeing and the diagnosis and management of fetal disorders and counseling and support for parents. If you are looking for the best Fetal Medicine and Ultrasonography specialists in Vijayawada, then Ankura Hospitals is the best place. We are committed to providing the best care during high-risk pregnancies.
What is Fetal Medicine?
The Mother and Fetus are a physically single unit, but they have their own physiological and developmental challenges. They require specialized Fetal Medicine that is concerned with the specific needs of the fetus. The Fetal Medicine department at Ankura diagnoses and manages congenital disabilities, heart problems, and blood disorders in the developing baby, including performing treatment if needed. The department also monitors labor and handles the delivery. In addition, they help manage any of the mother’s health problems after pregnancy, such as excessive bleeding, infections, or high blood pressure.
Pregnancy is a journey, and as the days pass, you are passing different milestones. Ankura is with you at every step, and we will give you regular checks, trace your progress and analyze the expected results for challenges on the way.
Fetal care at Ankura Hospitals Vijayawada will help you:
- Catch early signs of congenital disabilities and take necessary measures or discontinue the pregnancy in case of an affected fetus.
- Determine the degree of care you and your baby need; based on this, you can shift yourself to tertiary care if required.
- Predict and prevent any fetal growth restriction or preterm birth
Many complications arise during pregnancy. While the child is still inside the womb, some difficulties can be diagnosed that lead to health issues in later life stages like infancy or adult life. We can avoid this if we focus on fetal medicine well in advance. We believe in making Ankura the most reliable and trusted health care partner for women and children.
We also specialize in ultrasonography which is one of the most significant components of fetal medicine. It helps to provide the necessary diagnostic and interventional aids to identify any challenges surrounding the fetus. Anatomy Scan, Nuchal Scan, and a standard ultrasound examination in each of the trimesters are some of the routinely performed scans at Ankura. Ultrasounds in the first trimester help you identify the embryo and check its cardiac activity. In the second and third trimesters, ultrasound helps you assess the fetal position, placenta location, the fetus’s estimated weight, and the amniotic fluid volume.
Experts at Ankura take care of every patient’s unique needs. We work towards providing an entire set of services to mothers-to-be, including diagnosis, counseling, and effective therapies. Visit us!
Fetal medicine is the branch of medicine that provides care for the fetus (or fetuses) and mother. This includes the assessment of fetal growth and wellbeing and the diagnosis and management of fetal disorders and counselling and support for parents.
If a woman has cardiac or pulmonary difficulties, various rheumatologic conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure, or is under the age of 17 or above the age of 35, she is at a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. If she is carrying more than one baby, has a history of pregnancy-related difficulties such as numerous miscarriages or preterm births, or has previously had a baby with complications, she may be at higher risk.
A high-risk pregnancy does not always imply that something will happen to your child. It simply indicates that you have a higher risk of pregnancy difficulties due to a medical issue or other circumstance. Many high-risk pregnancies are uneventful and result in happy, healthy mothers and newborns. A fetal medicine specialist can help and guide you through your pregnancy.
- 3D ultrasound, one of the first steps in evaluation
- Chorionic villus sampling
- Fetal blood sampling
- Fetal echocardiogram
- Fetal MRI
- Genetic counseling
- Specialized ultrasound
- Provide most of your prenatal care.
- Work hand-in-hand with your obstetrician, family doctor, or midwife to co-manage your care.
- Consult and work with neonatologists or other pediatric experts, as well as other medical or surgical subspecialists.
A Maternal Fetal Specialist will work closely with you and your regular health providers to see you safely through labor and delivery.
The nuchal translucency test should be done in all pregnant women, regardless of their age. A reference to a Maternal-Fetal physician and sonographer who is certified to perform each segment of the ultrasound screening is required. Certification to perform obstetrical ultrasounds as well as independent nuchal translucency and nasal bone certification has been found to reduce false positive results and provide the greatest degree of testing accuracy.
If the results of nuchal translucency screen are abnormal, or if you want additional reassurance that your baby is healthy, you can have a test called chorionic villus sampling (CVS), done in the first trimester. CVS provides evaluation of the fetal cells for chromosome abnormalities very early in pregnancy.
The 4-D ultrasound, which provides a three dimensional image in real time, enhances your doctor’s ability to detect structural problems in the fetus, such as cleft lip and palate, skeletal problems, or limb abnormalities. An added advantage is the maternal bonding that the test promotes. The mother can see the image as a fetus and see the baby’s eyes open and close.
Yes. Mothers can provide breast milk to their baby. Breast milk has nutrients and infection-fighting antibodies that all newborns need to grow and develop. If you decide that you want to provide breast milk and your baby will need special attention after birth, you will need to pump and store your breast milk in the freezer until it is time for your baby to take your breast milk.
Your baby will be born in a hospital that is equipped to handle high-risk births. Neoatologists, or newborn specialists, will be in the delivery room as soon as your baby is delivered to evaluate him or her. The physicians will first look at your baby’s breathing and colour. A special tube called an endotracheal tube will be inserted in your baby’s airway if he or she is experiencing trouble breathing. Parents will not be able to hold the infant at this period. If the baby is unable to drink breast milk or formula, an intravenous line must be established to prevent dehydration.
To help plan for your future pregnancies it is recommended that you meet with a geneticist, maternal fetal medicine doctor or obstetrician before conceiving again. They can help to determine what your risk may be for a future pregnancy. They can also make recommendations.
Full bladder is required only if it is an early pregnancy abdominal scan.For NT, Anomaly and Growth Scans, full bladder is not required. Bladder should not be too full or empty. You can drink regular amounts of water. For NT scan, make sure you don’t pass urine just before coming in for the scan.
Early Pregnancy Scan/Viability Scan is for the diagnosis of pregnancy and fetal heart activity. The NT scan (3rd month scan)is an important scan for dating of pregnancy, ruling out any major structural abnormalities and calculating risk for chromosomal abnormalities. In the anomaly scan (5th month scan), every structure is studied in detail to rule out any structural defects and markers for chromosomal abnormalities. The Growth Scan done is for the monitoring of fetal growth, fluid around the baby and the blood flow in the baby. You may require additional scans depending upon the growth pattern of the baby or any emergency conditions like bleeding or decreased fetal movements.
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