Mercy’s Perinatal Center of Iowa (PCI) offers a complete spectrum of services dedicated to mothers-to-be—including the management of high risk pregnancies, obstetric ultrasounds, prenatal screenings and inpatient care.
Mercy's Perinatal Center of Iowa Services
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 before you become pregnant 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, it is highly suggested that 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.
For questions, call (515) 643-6888. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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