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Complications that could lead to pregnancy-related injuries

Whether it is a woman's first pregnancy or not, there is a lot of preparation that goes into having a baby. And while parents in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation focus on bringing their new bundle of joy home, mothers-to-be need to first focus on maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Because complications can arise during a pregnancy, it is important to have medical professionals check and monitor for any common complications during pregnancy that could result in pregnancy-related injuries to the mother or the newborn.

During pregnancy, there can be a variety symptoms and complications that can range from mild and annoying to severe and sometimes life threatening. While it can be difficult for woman to discern what is a normal symptom and what is not, certain medical professionals, such as OB-GYNs, can assess these symptoms.

Additionally, they can diagnose, treat and properly monitor these pregnancy complications. However, when negligent monitoring occurs or a negligent doctor fails to properly treat and care for the mother-to-be, this could cause serious harm or even pregnancy trauma.

Common pregnancy health conditions and problems experienced during pregnancy include anemia, urinary tract infections, mental health conditions, hypertension, gestational diabetes mellitus, obesity, weight gain, infections and hyperemesis gravidarum or severe morning sickness. While some of these health problems are easily detected, diagnosed and treated, others are more challenging. This can pose some risks to the mother and their baby, presenting a chance for birth injuries.

If you or your newborn were harmed because of a pregnancy-related injury, it is important to fully understand the cause of the incident. If a negligent medical professional was at fault, he or she could be held liable for the harm caused. A medical malpractice claim could help cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: Cdc.gov, "Pregnancy Complications," accessed Sept. 25, 2016

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