Dr. Adashek Discusses Genetic Testing

Desert Perinatal Associates takes great pride in knowing we have outstanding doctors who are all very knowledgeable on a variety of topics dealing with your pregnancy journey. There is so much that goes into growing that little miracle and it is such a comfort knowing you can ask your doctor at DPA anything and he will be able to give you guidance. In terms of genetic testing, some have been asking lately "How much information is too much?". It has become quite a hot discussion topic, but rest assured that you are in very capable hands with us and will receive the loving, caring attention every family desires during that very wonderful stage of life called pregnancy! Watch below as our very … [Read more...]

The Miracle Baby Delivered by Desert Perinatal’s Dr. Bohman

At Desert Perinatal Associates, it is our goal to see our mommies and babies safely through their pregnancy journey. In this month's issue of DAVID magazine, our own Dr. Bohman is featured for his outstanding dedication to the Canseco family and their unborn son who was diagnosed with a rare condition called Pentalogy of Cantrell, in which the fetus' organs develop outside of the body. Clink the link below to read about their incredible story and the great lengths Dr. Bohman went to in order to be an advocate and loving support system for this family. We are so proud to have Dr. Bohman as a member of our DPA family! DAVID MAGAZINE … [Read more...]

National Preeclampsia Awareness Month

May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month and is estimated to affect at least 5-8% of all pregnancies. Education is power, and that is what this awareness campaign is all about. Knowing the signs and having an open line of communication with your physician can save the life of you and your baby! What is Preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and her unborn baby. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms to watch for, however, some women … [Read more...]

Trisomy Awareness Month

March is Trisomy Awareness month so we wanted to pass along a little information to help you understand it better.  Testing for the most common types of Trisomies can be done as early as 10 weeks. What does “Tri” mean?  Think tripod, or triathlon, or tricycle.  “Tri” is a prefix that means “three”.  So, what is a “trisomy?”  “Trisomy” is a term that refers to a chromosomal condition where the body’s cells have a 3rd copy of a particular chromosome.  Our DNA is packaged into chromosomes, which are small structures in each of our body’s cells.  The usual number of chromosomes in each cell is 46, and the chromosomes come in pairs.  So, each of our cells normally has 23 pairs of … [Read more...]

Managing a pregnancy with Type 1 or 2 diabetes

Managing a pregnancy with Type 1 or 2 diabetes may be challenging, but your Diabetes Education team at Desert Perinatal Associates will create an individualized care plan with you that will promote the best pregnancy outcome. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the pancreas does not make a hormone called insulin. Insulin allows the glucose (sugars) that come from the food that we eat to enter the cells to produce energy. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are affected during pregnancy as pregnancy increases insulin requirements while making … [Read more...]

9 things to know about breast cancer during pregnancy

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we sat down with Dr. Adashek to discuss breast cancer and specifically breast cancer during pregnancy. Q: Should you still be doing self-breast exams while you’re pregnant?  If so, how often? Adashek:  Ironically, some studies say that self-breast exams are not shown to be worthwhile; however, other studies show that it is of benefit if a woman does it correctly.  It has been found to be especially helpful in minority women, who statistically, do not go in for yearly breast exams as often as non-minority women.  While pregnant, self-breast exams have been shown to not be as beneficial—especially towards the end of the pregnancy because … [Read more...]

Prenatal Testing and Screening Guide for Expectant Moms

Prenatal testing and screening are vital during pregnancy to ensure that both mom and baby are progressing through the pregnancy as expected.  There are a host of prenatal screening and diagnostic tests, each designed to measure or evaluate a specific aspect of the mother or baby’s progress. What is prenatal testing and screening? Screening tests show the chance or odds of a developing baby to have a certain genetic condition, such as spina bifida or Down syndrome, whereas diagnostic tests are more accurate and indicate whether the developing baby actually has a certain genetic condition. Our prenatal counseling is specifically designed to provide early screening for both mother and … [Read more...]

The 411 on Gestational Diabetes

For an expectant mother, terms like gestational diabetes, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, and macrosomia can be just as frightening as they are confusing.  But those terms don’t have to raise the alarm if you understand their meaning and know how your body is affected by gestational diabetes.  This guide will help you understand. What is Gestational Diabetes? Glucose and insulin work hand in hand to regulate the sugar levels in the blood stream.  An imbalance either way can lead to challenges. When you are pregnant, and your body fails to produce enough insulin, or if the insulin isn’t working as it should, to transition glucose out of the blood stream allowing it to be converted … [Read more...]