Some pregnancies, for a variety of reasons, are riskier than others when
it comes to health dangers to the mother and baby. Women with high-risk
pregnancies need to be monitored more closely than other expectant mothers,
and will usually be subjected to numerous tests. These women will usually
be referred to physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies, known
as maternal-fetal specialists. There are many factors and conditions that
can lead to
high-risk pregnancies, and women who are thinking about having a baby should be aware of them.
Conditions that Can Lead to High-Risk Pregnancies and Potential Cerebral
The following are some of the conditions that often cause high-risk pregnancies:
1. High Blood Pressure: When a pregnant woman has high blood pressure, or hypertension, this can
decrease the flow of oxygen-rich blood to her baby. Mothers with untreated
high blood pressure often end up with kidney damage, which can cause the
baby to have a low birth weight. Finally, high blood pressure can also
lead to preeclampsia, which can cause abnormal growth in the baby.
2. Diabetes: Whether it is diagnosed before or during pregnancy, a mother’s diabetes
can have harmful effects on a baby. Diabetes prevents the body from getting
as much insulin as it needs, and therefore from converting glucose into
energy. Almost 20% of pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes,
and the condition typically occurs about midway through pregnancy. The
mother’s abnormally high blood sugar levels can cause the baby to
be very large, and therefore can lead to a difficult and dangerous delivery.
3. Obesity: A mother’s obesity puts her at risk of developing many conditions
(including diabetes and hypertension) that can harm her baby. In addition,
an obese mother is more likely to require a C-section delivery or vacuum
extraction rather than a natural birth. Women who are thinking about getting
pregnant should be careful about watching their weight, and pregnant women
should try to avoid gaining a great deal of weight.
4. Multiple Gestation: Women who are pregnant with twins, triplets, or more are at risk for giving
birth prematurely and for requiring C-section deliveries. Also, twins
and triplets are more likely to be small for their size and are at a higher
risk for developing breathing problems after birth.
5. First-time Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant for the first time after the age of 35 are at an
increased risk for requiring a C-section, experiencing complications during
delivery, and having a baby with a genetic disorder.
All of these conditions, as well as many others, can increase the risk
of having a child that develops
cerebral palsy. Women who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant should consult
with a doctor in order to understand all of the risks.
What to Do if Your Child Has Cerebral Palsy
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and you believe this
condition may be the result of medical negligence, you should contact
a personal injury attorney immediately. An attorney can review the facts
of your case and determine whether you have a viable claim. If so, they
can help you seek the compensation you deserve.