The Definitive Pregnancy Guide

At Desert Perinatal Associates we specialize in high-risk pregnancies, so we are always being asked for advice on managing a pregnancy.  The do's, the don'ts, what's safe, what's not safe.  To ease your mind we put together this pregnancy guide that can help to answer some of the most common pregnancy questions. It's normal to have questions and we are here to help.  If we missed something, or if you still have concerns please be sure to talk with your physician the next time you visit Desert Perinatal Associates. Acne:    Many women will experience acne for the first time when they are pregnant and unfortunately, women who already have acne will often notice a worsening of their acne … [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...]

Dr. Wilkes Top Doctor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Vegas Seven Magazine has released their "Top Doctors" issue for 2015 and Dr. Wilkes has made the list again! Congratulations Dr. Wilkes, this is a well deserved award for a truly incredible Physician! Dr. Paul Wilkes - Top Doctor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine! SEVEN MAGAZINE TOP DOCTORS … [Read more...]

Dr. Adashek Top Doctor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Vegas Seven Magazine has released their "Top Doctors" issue for 2015 and Dr. Adashek has made the list again! Congratulations Dr. Adashek, you are an incredibly talented and compassionate Physician, this is another well deserved award - Top Doctors, Maternal-Fetal Medicine! SEVEN MAGAZINE TOP DOCTORS … [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...]

2015 Top Doctors in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Vegas Seven Magazine has released their "Top Doctors" issue for 2015 and two of our incredibly talented and passionate, Desert Perinatal Associates doctors have made their list. Congratulations Dr. Adashek and Dr. Wilkes on this well deserved award - Top Doctors, Maternal-Fetal Medicine! SEVEN MAGAZINE TOP DOCTORS … [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...]

Pregnancy Myths – How First Time Dads See the Stages of Pregnancy

What men think is happening and what women actual experience can be quite different Ladies, can we get a “like” for the men in our lives!  They’re amazing husbands, fathers, friends, sons, and brothers.  But when they’re trying to navigate their way through the stages of pregnancy it becomes clear that what they think is happening is often nothing like what we are actually experiencing. Daddies it’s not your fault.  We blame the pregnancy myths on your friends, pop culture, and the internet. Honey, listen up! We asked you all here today to set the record straight, to help you better understand what your wife, the mother of your unborn bundle of joy, is actually experiencing during her … [Read more...]

Jalen’s Gift Pregnancy and Infant Care Health Fair

Join us on Saturday August 30th, Labor Day Weekend, as we support an incredible foundation; Jalen's Gift Foundation! Jalen's Gift Foundation is hosting a FREE Pregnancy and Infant Care Health Fair, from 10am - 3pm at Green Valley Ranch Resort!! One of our doctors will be hosting a Q&A, Belly Bliss will be demonstrating Infant CPR and answering nursing questions, there will be fitness, nutrition and overall wellness advice, and a lot of great raffle prizes to top it all off. Jalen's Gift Foundation is dedicated to assisting parents grieving from the devastating effects of infant mortality. JGF helps grieving parents with their loss by providing financial assistance for memorial … [Read more...]