Placenta Insufficiency and Birth Injuries
Placental insufficiency is a rare pregnancy complication. While only one out of every 300 pregnant women will suffer from this condition, immediate treatment is essential to both child and mother’s safety. Delayed treatment can lead to a variety of birth disorders.
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:
- Maternal blood clotting
- 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
- 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.