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A condition, disorder, or any type of health problem in a mother that may affect pregnancy or endanger the baby is called a maternal condition.
The experienced doctors and staff at Dignity Health Southern California Hospitals can offer support and advanced clinical care throughout your pregnancy. Our hospitals diagnose and treat all types of maternal complications in Southern California.
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Common maternal conditions that occur during pregnancy include:
The signs and symptoms vary depending on the condition. Your doctor will assess you for any signs or history of medical problems. If your doctor notices anything unusual, such as high blood sugar (glucose) levels, high blood pressure, or unusual fetal development, additional tests will likely be ordered.
Some conditions, such as Mullerian abnormalities, are present since birth (congenital). Other possible causes of maternal conditions include:
In many cases, the cause of a maternal complication isn’t known.
The best way to lower your risk of maternal complications is to receive regular pregnancy care from a dedicated health care professional. At each visit, your doctor will check your health and monitor your baby’s health for any changes in development.
With quality care during pregnancy, most maternal conditions can be identified early on. Proper treatment can prevent most serious complications and give you a better chance of having a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Dignity Health Southern California doctors focus on protecting your baby’s health by diagnosing maternal conditions in Southern California.