When you're pregnant, you need to take extra care of yourself and your baby. For those new to the world of motherhood, starting prenatal care the minute you find out you’re expecting is vital. Prenatal care is a type of preventive healthcare that focuses on providing medical care to women during pregnancy.
Prenatal care is important because it helps to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. It can also detect any potential problems or risks early on so that they can be treated before they become an issue. Sadly, 1 in 16 babies in the United States is born to a mother receiving delayed or no prenatal care. Our team at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen put together this blog to better prepare yourself so you know the risks a mother can face without prenatal care, including what they can expect while under a doctor’s care.
Mothers and babies who do not receive prenatal care are at a higher risk for complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Below are some of the dangers both can face:
Risks to the Mother
Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body undergoes many changes. These changes can strain the heart, lungs, and other organs. Additionally, pregnant women who do not seek prenatal care have more of a risk of developing complications if they already suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Women with preexisting conditions are highly likely to develop hypertension, preeclampsia, and infections.
Risks to the Baby
According to this study, babies born to mothers who did not receive prenatal care are more likely to be born premature, have a low birth weight, or be born with a congenital defect. Additionally, babies born to mothers who did not receive adequate prenatal care are at an increased risk for infant mortality.
What to Expect During Prenatal Care
If you're pregnant, you should start seeing a healthcare professional as soon as possible—they will provide you with information and support throughout your pregnancy and answer any questions you have.
During your first visit, your doctor will likely do a physical exam and order some blood tests. They will also ask about your medical history and your family's health. Based on this information, they will develop a plan for your prenatal care.
Prenatal care typically consists of regular checkups with a healthcare professional. These appointments are typically scheduled once every four weeks during the first trimester, every two weeks during the second trimester, and once a week during the third trimester. Your weight, blood pressure, and urine will be checked at each appointment.
Doctors are typically good at detecting any signs of complications. If an issue does arise, your doctor may recommend additional tests or screenings, such as ultrasounds or genetic testing, depending on your situation. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s crucial to speak up. Being seen and treated early on can save your and your baby’s lives.
Dealing with a Negligent Doctor?
We all hope to have a great doctor for our baby; however, sometimes, finding adequate prenatal care can be difficult. If your doctor has negligently treated you or has breached their standard of care, you have every right to hold them accountable for any injuries you or your child sustained. If that’s the case, the Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen team is here to help.
We can go over your legal options, and pave the way for a viable medical malpractice claim to get you and your loved ones the compensation needed to make a full recovery. When you’re ready to pursue justice, call us at (866) 629-1061 or visit our website to get started on a consultation request form.