Placenta Insufficiency and Birth Injuries

Causes of Placental Insufficiency

The medical community defines this blood disorder as a condition where the mother doesn’t get enough blood flow to the placenta. In pregnancy, this means that the fetus can’t get oxygen or nutrients, endangering the fetus, and hindering its growth. The earlier it arises, the greater the dangers to the mother and the fetus. Some common risk factors to be aware of with this condition include:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Maternal blood clotting
  • Diabetes
  • Taking recreational drugs or smoking
  • Using blood thinner prescriptions

What Dangers Does it Pose to the Fetus?

In rare cases, this condition can cause stillbirth. If you have preeclampsia, you should understand it brings its own set of dangers, and you will most likely have to deliver via C-section. High blood pressure in the mother can also pose risks for the fetus. Potential consequences for the child include:

  • Lung dysfunction
  • Brain damage
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Potential consequences for the mother include:

  • Placental abruption
  • Premature contractions
  • Greater risk of premature birth
  • Bleeding
  • Post-term pregnancy
  • Blood clotting

The Importance of Quick Diagnosis

Placental insufficiency should be treated immediately. It’s important to detect this problem as soon as possible to lower the risks to you and the child.

While there is no cure for this condition, you can take measures that will lower the risk of birth injury. In some cases, you may qualify for financial help if you or the child gets injured. Cerebral palsy can result from placental abruption and requires a lifetime of assistance.