Complications from a Large Fetus

Suspected Large Fetus & Birth Injuries

Failure to anticipate a large fetus can lead to complications during delivery.

If you or your baby suffered harm due to large fetus size, it may be because your doctor was negligent in monitoring your fetus during pregnancy. Hampton & King in Houston handles cases of birth injury due to large fetus size. Our attorneys know that this can be a confusing time, which is why we offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your legal options.

We can help you pursue compensation for your birth injuries. Call us at (713) 489-0993.

Complications of Large Fetus Delivery

The medical term for a big baby is fetal macrosomia. It is defined as a fetus weighing more than 9 pounds, 15 ounces. A large fetus makes delivery more difficult and can lead to complications for both the mother and baby.

Fetal macrosomia can lead to the following:

  • Bleeding following delivery
  • Rupture of the uterus
  • Shoulder dystocia or Erb's palsy
  • Labor and delivery problems, such as the child becoming wedged in the birth canal
  • Tears to the mother's vaginal tissues and perineal muscles
  • Higher than normal blood sugar and blood pressure for your child
  • Possible risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease for your child later in life

If you have diabetes or your fetus weighs 11 pounds or more, your doctor should discuss the risks and benefits of cesarean delivery with you. After your child is born, your doctor should examine your child for signs of birth injury, including low blood sugar. Our lawyers will review all medical records and consult experts to determine if your doctor did everything he or she should have to monitor the size of your fetus during your pregnancy.

To discuss complications from high-risk pregnancy such as suspected large fetus with one of our lawyers, call the Houston office of Hampton & King at (713) 489-0993. You can also fill out our online form!