High-risk pregnancy monitoring

new at six pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can start without any warning often women will have no symptoms but these conditions that can create long-lasting health problems for mom and baby ursula Perry tells us some providers are using a first-of-its-kind monitoring system for moms at high risk he’s a mama’s boy skyler Andrews was in perfect health when she became pregnant with her son Zane but toward the end of the pregnancy Skylar’s blood pressure skyrocketed about 200 over a hundred and fourteen Skylar had a condition called preeclampsia dangerous for mom during pregnancy and after it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke over the lifetime about two and a half fold that’s why doctors encouraged Skylar to check herself at home using this portable cuff and a smartphone she could 38 year-old Jessica wolf also needed high tech support after years of battling infertility this was a big surprise we still struggle with like wow this is this is actually happening this is really real this is we’re gonna have a baby Jessica is considered higher risk she has gestational diabetes so they come in at 7 and 9 and 1 & 3 & 7 an app on Jessica’s smartphone generates reminders to check her blood sugar four times a day and then report back so doctors can respond we want to be able to identify the patients who need a phone call and not just identify them when they show up in the emergency department Skylar’s blood pressure is now back to normal two conditions made a little more manageable with the touch of a button and this remote monitoring system actually helps out a lot after the baby is born only about 40% of women keep their postpartum compliance appointments whereas with this program that number skyrockets to 90% ursula Perry case at 12 News

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