Caring for mom in high-risk pregnancies

Every pregnancy has potential risks but when the mother has health issues the baby can be in danger.

"It started out when we found out we were having twins," said Jeanine Andersson. "I think I was 36 at the time which is definitely older than most new moms."

Having twins at age 36, Andersson was already facing a double whammy... over the age of 35 and multiple births. And it didn't take long for issues to surface.

"On one hand she had a blood clotting disorder that had caused blood clots, so she needed to be on a blood thinner medication but the blood thinner was contributing to her bleeding," said Dr Paul Wendel, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at UAMS.

With close attention from a team of doctors at UAMS, the twins were born happy and healthy.

Andersson's next pregnancy was with only one baby but the complications did not stop.

"I think it was around 5 months pregnant and I loss my vision," said Andersson.

"Our assumption is that this was a blood clot in her brain or in her optic area. And we had to wait for that blood clot to resolve itself and slowly her vision came back," said Dr Wendel.

Andersson, who is also a physician, credits the well-being of her children and herself to Dr. Wendel who specializes in maternal fetal medicine, and his team, as well as her gut feeling as a mom.

"From a pure mother standpoint, follow your instincts. If something doesn't seem right be a squeaky wheel. And I think that's true of anything but especially a pregnant mom," said Andersson.

There's an event coming up supporting the UAMS maternal-fetal medicine division for which high-risk pregnancies are handled. Here's more information:

Lullaby Under the Stars

Wednesday, Oct. 17

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

Tickets $150

For tickets, call 501-526-4350 or email