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High-risk pregnancy signs your Kentucky OB should recognize

Whether you have several children or are expecting your first, you may be able to relate to those who say that having a baby is an exciting yet stressful time in life. Even if you are already the parent of multiple kids, you can't predict how a particular pregnancy might unfold. Every experience is unique, and various factors may have an impact on your or your baby's health.

Your obstetrician or midwife is, of course, specially trained to watch for signs of maternal or fetal distress. Medical teams can be fast-acting when needed to help rectify a problem situation. Your OB or midwife closely monitors your health throughout pregnancy, which is why it's so important to attend prenatal appointments. Sadly, medical negligence is a serious problem in Kentucky and many other states. If the team to whom you've entrusted your care is negligent, it can result in injury to you or your child.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

If you have a pre-existing health condition or a problem arises during the approximately nine months that you are pregnant, your OB or midwife may determine that yours is a high-risk pregnancy. The following list includes the most common types of issues that make a pregnancy high risk:

  • High blood pressure in a mother can cause serious pregnancy or childbirth complications. Out-of-control blood pressure can lead to maternal stroke, preterm birth or other serious injuries.
  • If you are a diabetic, your doctor or midwife has likely given you special instructions to help you and your baby stay healthy during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is a high-risk condition, as well, which occurs if you develop diabetes during pregnancy but do not normally have diabetes when you are not pregnant.
  • If you use alcohol or tobacco products during pregnancy, it automatically places you in a high-risk category.
  • A woman under age 18 or older than 35 may have complications in pregnancy or childbirth that make the pregnancy high risk.
  • Past pregnancy complications also place you in a high-risk category. No two pregnancies are the same, but if you have had a serious complication in the past, your OB or midwife will want to closely monitor your condition in subsequent pregnancies.

Some of the issues that make your pregnancy a high risk for maternal or fetal distress may stem from pre-existing health conditions. Other issues develop acutely or suddenly, but the average OB or midwife knows what to look for and how to recognize signs of a problem.

If you or your child suffer a pregnancy or childbirth injury

It's devastating to families when labor and delivery do not go smoothly because a serious complication develops. During such times, parents must rely on their medical teams to keep mother and baby safe. If a medical doctor, midwife, nurse or other licensed professional is negligent, it can have lasting, even permanent adverse effects on a mother or infant. 

If this happens to you, it's understandable that you might need a lot of additional support when you go home from the hospital. Surviving a childbirth injury is emotionally traumatic. Depending on the severity of the injury, you or your child may need additional medical care, which can prompt severe financial distress as well. Many families seek restitution in court when medical negligence is the cause of their distress.

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