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Complications during pregnancy range past birth injuries in that they can affect both the mother and the child. In some cases, these pregnancy complications are caused by health issues that were present before the woman became pregnant. In other cases, the pregnancy complications arose when the woman became pregnant. With this in mind, any woman who is considering becoming pregnant should be aware of their health.
For example, if they are overweight, suffer from diabetes, or have high blood pressure, these complications could lead to other problems once they are pregnant. Some symptoms of pregnancy are normal, such as tiredness, nausea, implantation bleeding, or bloating. Other symptoms, however, are more severe and could lead to serious injury or death on the part of the mother or unborn child. Doctors are well aware of all of the complications which can arise and it is their responsibly to detect and treat these issues. If they do not, it could result in a medical malpractice case.
Types of Pregnancy Complications
The first step to avoiding these complications is to be aware as to what they look like so that you can get help as soon as possible. One common complication which could prove to be serious is vaginal bleeding. This can occur throughout the pregnancy but is most common during the first trimester. One complication this could point to is a miscarriage, however, this is not necessarily so. Bleeding could also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. This occurs in about one out of every sixty pregnancies and means that the pregnancy was implanted outside the uterus instead of inside. This could be caused by an infection in the fallopian tubes, a pelvic surgery in the past, or another previous ectopic pregnancy.
Another pregnancy complication which pregnant women should be aware of is an incompetent cervix. This could occur when the woman’s cervix is weak and could result in the infant being born prematurely. In order to avoid this from happening, a surgical procedure known as a cervical cerclage could take place so that the cervix will remain closed. Those who are more susceptible to this type of complication are women who have previously had a history of miscarriages or those who have a damaged cervix caused by an abortion.
Gestational hypertension is also known as pregnancy induced hypertension. Approximately 8% of all women experience some type of high blood pressure during pregnancy so it is important to be aware of the symptoms so that you can treat this condition as soon as possible. The three most common types of hypertension are: chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, and preeclampsia. Chronic hypertension refers to women who already had high blood pressure before they were pregnant. Gestational hypertension refers to those who developed high blood pressure after their 20th week of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a combination of both and is therefore one of the more serious forms of high blood pressure. Do not hesitate to contact a Long Island birth injury lawyer for help in your case!