What are the risk factors for Texas stillbirths?
When Texans are expecting, there are likely to be many anxieties surrounding the upcoming due date. All mothers hope their newborn will be happy and healthy. Most of the time, this is exactly what happens across the state of Texas. However, at times, there may be complications before or during the delivery process. In some tragic instances, birth injuries may result and change the lives of mother and child forever.
One heart-wrenching situation that can happen before, at or after a due date is a stillbirth. Defined as death of the fetus at or after 20 weeks into the pregnancy, a stillbirth can understandably bring forth tremendous despair. Out of every 160 pregnancies in the U.S., about one will result in a stillbirth. While that figure may seem small, it is far too high for the parents of the approximately 26,000 stillborn babies each year.
What can be done to lessen a baby's chances of being stillborn? It's important to know that sometimes a stillborn is out of everyone's control, while at times it may be the result of a negligent doctor or complications during pregnancy. In general, risk factors for a stillbirth include being pregnant with multiples, having had a stillbirth in the past, a pregnant woman who is age 40 or older, having type AB blood or having diabetes. Additional risk factors include being overweight or having a past history of smoking in the months prior to conception.
Addressing these risk factors often entails obtaining solid prenatal care as early as possible. Once these and other risk factors are observed, an expecting woman's doctor must monitor the pregnancy appropriately from them on.