What Complications Can Occur During Pregnancy?

Pregnant woman getting baby's heart checked by a doctor with a stethoscope.A pregnancy is supposed to be the happiest time in a couple’s lives.
They’re set to become parents and move forward into the next chapter
of their lives. Unfortunately, there are times when the mother and baby
are both at risk of potentially serious problems. It is important to understand
what complications can arise and cause serious issues during the labor
and delivery, as well as create long-term problems for the mother or baby.

Types of Complications

There are a large number of complications that can arise when a woman is
pregnant, some affecting the mother and others that affect the baby. In
many cases, these types of complications can lead to long-term injuries
that impact a baby’s developmental abilities and more. Here are
a few of the most common complications that can arise:

  • Cephalopelvic disproportion
  • Fetal distress
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Large fetus complications
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Perinatal hypoxia and anoxia
  • Prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Umbilical cord entrapment

How Serious Are These Complications?

These types of complications can lead to long-lasting, or even life-threatening
injuries to the baby. It can also result in serious problems for the mother.
It’s important that procedures, care, and complications are managed
properly to avoid running into any potential issues. If they are mismanaged,
the conditions may go undetected and the baby can suffer severe brain
damage, bodily injury, or other problems.

Who is Responsible for Complications During Pregnancy?

Determining who is responsible for pregnancy complications can be difficult
because there are a number of individuals involved. For instance, pregnancy
complications can be caused by an anesthesiologist failing to properly
treat a patient prior to labor. Typically, the negligent party is the
obstetrician for failing to properly diagnose any issues that may arise
during the pregnancy. The obstetrician is expected to monitor the fetus
and the mother to determine if any issues are present.

At Hampton & King, our
Houston birth injury lawyers are determined to represent clients who have been affected by a negligent
medical professional. We guide families through the difficult legal process
so they can seek justice for the wrongs they have experienced.

To seek legal action,
call our firm today and learn how we may be able to help you.