Birth injuries are not always the result of trauma or complications during labor and delivery. A large percentage of birth injuries are actually a direct result of prenatal problems or complications arising during pregnancy. When prenatal conditions are not properly diagnosed and effectively managed they can and frequently do lead to birth injuries.
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Learn about the relationship between effective prenatal medical care and many major birth injuries.
Outline of the basic components of good prenatal medical care throughout pregnancy.
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When a baby grows overly large in the womb. Macrosomia can make vaginal delivery dangerous and timely diagnosis of the condition is critical.
If not diagnosed and treated, infections during pregnancy can potentially be dangerous to the baby and cause serious birth injuries.
A condition involving sudden onset of maternal hypertension and swelling at towards the end of pregnancy that often requires premature delivery.
A rare but very dangerous event in which the placenta suddenly tears away from the uterus wall prior to labor and delivery.
An uncommon abnormality in which the placenta attaches too deeply into the uterine wall potentially compromising.
Occurs when the placenta is located abnormally in the womb and either partially or totally blocks the cervix and birth canal entrance.
A condition resulting from too much amniotic fluid in the womb during pregnancy which can lead to a number of dangerous complications.
Occurs when there is not enough amniotic fluid in the womb during pregnancy increasing the risk for various complications.
The most dangerous type of maternal infection in which bacteria migrates up the birth canal and infects the fetal membranes or amniotic fluid.
Where the mother’s cervix prematurely softens and begins to dilate during pregnancy creating a risk of premature delivery.
Intrauterine Growth Restriction occurs when the fetus is growing too slow during pregnancy.
Damaged or improperly formed placenta which is not able to delivery proper nutrients and oxygen.
A condition in which the mother and baby have incompatible blood types triggering a potentially dangerous reaction from the mother’s immune system.
An uncommon condition related to abnormal maternal liver functioning and red blood cell breakdown creating an unhealthy gestational environment.
Prematurity (any birth occurring before the 37th week of gestation) greatly increases a baby’s risk for a number of perinatal and neonatal problems.
Pregnancies facilitated by fertility treatments have a higher rate of complications and birth injuries due to a number of factors.
Occurs when the umbilical cord does not properly attach to the placenta while it is forming.
A common and typically harmless vaginal infection that is treated with antibiotics.
A type of miscarriage that happens early in pregnancy when the fertilized egg, or ovum, is missing chromosomes.
If left untreated, blots clots can cause serious problems, such as a blocked artery in the lungs.
An nonviable pregnancy that occurs when a fertilized egg attaches to the Fallopian tubes or another location outside of the uterus.
Pregnant women have an increased likelihood of contracting listeriosis, a food borne bacterial infection.
The thyroid is a gland that makes hormones and regulates metabolism, muscle control, brain development, and other processes in the body.
Hyperthyroidism is a disorder in which the thyroid produces excess hormone that can cause complications for mothers and babies
A dangerous pregnancy complication in which umbilical cord blood vessels are in a position that puts them at risk of rupturing during labor and delivery.
An infection familiar to all women which becomes more common during pregnancy.
Tragically, medical complications during pregnancy can result in a mother's death when not diagnosed and treated.
Infections in an expecting mother can spread to the fetus. Antibiotics, however, get rid of most infections.
Being overweight or obese while pregnant is common, but should be taken seriously to prevent problems for the mother and fetus.
A type of temporary diabetes that often occurs in pregnant women due to hormonal changes in their body.
You can start getting prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant, or even before you become pregnant.