If you’ve been told by your doctor that your pregnancy is considered “high-risk,” you may be fearful of the implications of that term. Simply put, your pregnancy involves a higher risk of complications than other pregnancies do; this is often due to an existing condition you may have had before you became pregnant.
As an expectant mother, you will be required to take extra care during your pregnancy, under the guidance of your physician, so as to avoid potential problems. You and your baby are in expert hands with The Methodist Hospital’s experienced and compassionate prenatal and neonatal care specialists, who are well-trained to handle high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Methodist also offers the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of new treatments that may reduce risks. To learn more about some of the conditions we research and treat, please see below.
If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and you are interested in being part of Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Group’s ongoing research into innovative and improved treatment methods, please click here to read about our clinical trials. We advise that you speak with your physician to determine whether there would be a benefit to you in taking part in our study. Contact Dr. Carol Robazetti-Hodgson at 713-441-6616 to find out if you meet the criteria for participation.
We invite you to learn more about our clinical trials, including the types of trials we conduct, the benefits of participation and our commitment to patient safety.
Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy
Hypothyroidism is a very common disorder, particularly among women of childbearing age. It is a condition in which the thyroid gland, located in the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This hormone, among other purposes, is responsible for regulating energy metabolism. Although hypothyroidism is very treatable, it is dangerous in pregnancy; if undetected or left untreated, it can cause a delay in brain development in the child. The more severe the hypothyroidism of the mother, the more marked the intelligence deficit in the child.
Treatment with a synthetic thyroid hormone is similar to hypothyroidism treatment in women who are not pregnant. However, the condition is often not diagnosed until pregnancy, especially in women who are subclinical (meaning the disease is so mild that it has been undetected or has not caused symptoms). Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Group is conducting trials of a thyroid treatment which may prevent developmental delays in the children of hypothyroid mothers.
Not all women are aware that pregnancy complications can arise from something as simple as the length of the cervix. The cervix – the lower part of the uterus which opens to the vagina – may, in some cases, be unusually short. During pregnancy, a cervix of normal length is able to protect the fetus from miscarriage or early delivery, and shortens and dilates during labor to allow for birth. Therefore, a cervix of shorter-than-normal length brings a risk of serious problems with a pregnancy. In the past, most women had no way of knowing they had a short cervix until after it had caused a miscarriage or preterm birth. Thanks to an expert staff and advanced prenatal care, as well as special clinical trials dealing with the problem of a short cervix, Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Group can offer expectant mothers peace of mind and individually tailored treatment to ensure a healthy pregnancy.