Placental Insufficiency

Placental Insufficiency ComplicationPlacental insufficiency complication

What is Placental Insufficiency Complication?

The placenta is important. It moves oxygen from the mother’s bloodstream to the baby’s and moves carbon dioxide away from the baby’s blood stream. It nourishes the baby with nutrients and exports waste from the baby to the mother. The placenta also has a function in hormone development and protection from hazardous bacteria and infection.

In some cases, unfortunately, the placenta does not function like it should.  Women with blood flow problems or who have experienced placental abruptions may have placental insufficiencies. A placental insufficiency occurs when the placenta is damaged or not properly developed, resulting in inadequate transfer of oxygen and nutrients to the baby as well as complications for the mother.

Symptoms

There are no clear symptoms present in the mother to indicate placental insufficiencies. However, because the lack of nourishment for the baby deters the baby’s growth, some signs are that the baby, having not gotten enough nourishment, seems small or inactive considering the point in gestation.

Because placental abruptions are commonly associated with placental insufficiencies, all of the symptoms of a placental abruption may signify a mother’s risk for a placental insufficiency. These symptoms include vaginal bleeding, abdominal or back pain, and a tender or sore uterus.

Causes

The most common cause of a placental insufficiency is a blood flow problem in the mother. Preexisting disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, blood clotting disorders, and anemia are possible precursors for placental insufficiencies, but lifestyle and behavioral habits also provide the potential for placental insufficiency. Cigarettes, blood thinning medications, and drugs containing amphetamines have been linked to placental insufficiency.

Damage

The complications that placental insufficiency may create are numerous:

  • premature labor
  • oxygen deprivation at birth
  • hypoglycemia
  • learning disabilities
  • stillbirth

The earlier in the gestation the placental insufficiency complication occurs, the more detrimental the effects.

Getting Help

Proper prenatal care is essential for managing placental insufficiencies. The neglect of a medical professional to recognize or diagnose placental insufficiencies may be the basis of medical malpractice. If you believe that a doctor or hospital may have wronged you in some way related to placental insufficiency, there is help.

Thurswell Law has an experienced and hardworking staff dedicated to obtaining monetary compensation for victims of medical malpractice related to birth injuries. We see it as our duty to provide our clients with justice. Please contact Thurswell if you believe your family suffered medical malpractice dealing with placental insufficiency condition.

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