Pregnancy is an exciting and exhausting time for most women and families. Even when everything goes right, pregnancies can be tough on a woman’s body. Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and excess protein in urine, if undiagnosed and untreated can lead to severe and serious pregnancy complications for mother and baby. In most settings, competent medical professionals catch the warning signs for preeclampsia during routine prenatal visits. Diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and sometimes early delivery or C-section is necessary to ensure mother and baby are safe and healthy. If a doctor fails to catch the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia in time, both mom and baby are at great risk for serious injury, and potentially life-threatening complications.
High blood pressure is the most common sign of preeclampsia. Any woman who presents with high blood pressure needs to be monitored appropriately by her doctor and prenatal medical team. Additionally, another sign of preeclampsia is protein in the urine. This signs and symptoms can be easily checked, monitored and discovered during routine prenatal appointments. These aren’t issues that are likely to go unnoticed with a competent medical team. With timely diagnosis and immediate monitoring, treatment and intervention, both mom and baby can have a healthy and safe outcome.
Immediate Diagnosis and Treatment
Preeclampsia is a very time-sensitive condition. If preeclampsia is diagnosed immediately, mothers and babies can be monitored safely. If it’s earlier on in the pregnancy, doctors may try to monitor and treat to let the baby grow more before delivery. If you’re getting close to your due date, your doctor may recommend early delivery via induction or a C-section. Each case is different, and depending upon the circumstances associated with your particular situation, vaginal delivery may or may not be in you and your baby’s best interest. In some cases, a C-section is the safest choice. If you’re concerned about whether or not your doctor appropriately diagnosed and treated your preeclampsia, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer with proven birth injury case experience as soon as possible. Listed below are some complications of untreated preeclampsia.
- Decreased liver function
- Decreased kidney function
- Vision problems
- Elevated liver enzymes
- Placental abruption
- Lowered platelets
- Low birth weight
- Premature delivery
- Delayed growth of baby
- Restricted blood flow to the baby
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Death of mother or baby
Early Delivery or C-Section
In many cases, the only way to appropriately treat preeclampsia is to give birth to the baby. This could mean an induced labor, if it is deemed a safe choice. It could also mean scheduling a surgical C-section. Since preeclampsia can sometimes restrict the growth of babies in the womb, it’s not always a good choice to go for an induced vaginal delivery. It will be up to your prenatal medical and delivery team to decide what is right for you and your baby. Unfortunately, if there is delayed diagnosis, additional complications can occur and mothers and babies can be put at risk for severe or even life-threatening injuries. If your delivery or C-section was negligently delayed and you or your baby suffered injuries as a result, you need to contact a personal injury attorney bout your case immediately.
Although the vast majority of pregnancies in the U.S. are very healthy and free of too many complications, the importance of competent prenatal care can’t be overstated. Because there is the possibility of so many potential complications or things that can go wrong during a pregnancy, it’s essential for medical professionals and doctors to be competent and trustworthy throughout the prenatal care process. Expecting mothers and families are counting down the milestones during each healthy prenatal visit. Each visit is another step closer and hopefully another reassurance that you’re in good hands with your medical team. When complications or certain symptoms or signs come to light, we expect our doctors to be ready with the appropriate treatment or intervention to keep healthy pregnancies on track.
Jackson Preeclampsia Birth Injury Lawyer
Preeclampsia can be safely treated if it’s caught in time. If doctors or medical teams are negligent, mothers and babies are at risk for potentially long-term or life-threatening injuries. After any type of birth injury or medical negligence related to pregnancy, labor or delivery, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven birth injury case experience.
If you or your baby suffered from injuries due to prenatal or delivery negligence related to preeclampsia, contact the skilled and proven Birth Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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