Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a mother’s life. The joy and anticipation of welcoming a little one into the world is something that overcomes many expectant mothers-to-be. However, when complications arise during pregnancy or delivery, the joy can suddenly turn to frustration and fear.
There are a number of medical conditions that can arise during pregnancy. Without proper diagnosis, it can mean trouble during delivery and danger to both mother and baby.
One of these conditions is placenta previa. Here are some facts you should know about the condition:
Some women are at a higher risk for placenta previa
Wherever the embryo implants itself in the uterus is where the placenta will grow. If this happens lower in the uterus, the placenta could end up growing and covering the cervix, which is what causes placenta previa.
While this can just happen, certain women do have a higher risk for the condition, including those who are 35 or older, those who previously had babies and those carrying multiples. A doctor should know all of this and be keeping an eye out for any symptoms of placenta previa.
Doctors need to take symptoms of placenta previa seriously
The most common symptom is bleeding during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. If this is happening, a doctor should order an ultrasound to get a better look. If the diagnosis is placenta previa, certain precautions will need to be taken by the doctor and mother. These include possibly avoiding certain routine exams — to reduce the likelihood of bleeding — and most likely exercise will be off-limits for the remainder of the pregnancy.
Placenta previa may mean a cesarean section is necessary
Depending on the severity, a C-section may be necessary to safely deliver the baby. This is yet another reason why it’s important for placenta previa to be properly diagnosed before delivery time. Without a proper diagnosis, the excessive bleeding can end up causing damage to the mother and baby.
In cases where placenta previa led to injuries — and there is reason to believe the doctor did not properly treat the condition and these injuries could have been avoided — there may be reason to file a medical malpractice claim. In these cases, the first step should always be contacting an attorney to talk more about the specifics.