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Risks Of Birth Injuries At Every Trimester


The three trimesters of pregnancy are exciting for expecting parents as they eagerly anticipate the birth of their child. However, these nine months are also critical in terms of fetal development. You may get caught up in both the excitement and the weariness that comes with pregnancy, but it is important to understand what is going on with the mother and fetus at different stages. The March of Dimes reports disturbing statistics on miscarriage: Around 10 to 15 percent of women experience pregnancy loss, and the majority of miscarriages occur before the 12th week of pregnancy.

March of Dimes researchers point out that issues with chromosomes are the most common reason behind pregnancy loss, but there are many other causes. At times, a miscarriage could even be the result of negligent prenatal care. A Tampa medical malpractice attorney can explain your legal remedies, which fall under Florida medical malpractice laws. Some information on the risks of birth injuries by trimester is also useful. 

First Trimester, Weeks 1 to 12 

There are some changes, particularly hormonal, for the mother at the earliest stages. For the fetus, there is massive development during the first trimester. Cells form the baby’s heart, circulatory system, brain, lungs, and central nervous system; in fact, all organs will be developed by the end of the 12th week.

One of the biggest risks of birth injuries during the first trimester stems from a blighted ovum, which prevents implantation. This medical condition is the leading cause of miscarriages. 

Second Trimester, Weeks 13 to 28 

At this point, your physician should be consulting with you on prenatal screenings to evaluate medical history, family history, and genetic issues that may be risk factors for birth injuries. Some of common issue that arise during the second trimester include:

  • The mother may develop gestational diabetes, putting the fetus at risk of respiratory issues, premature birth, or even stillbirth.
  • A complication known as incompetent cervix may develop in the mother, leading to miscarriage or early delivery. If diagnosed promptly, there are treatments to prevent problems with incompetent cervix.
  • Placental abruption is another condition associated with the second trimester. The placenta that is supplying the fetus with nourishment separates from the uterus, increasing the potential for miscarriage. 

Third Trimester, Weeks 29 to 40 

The fetus might be able to live outside the womb during this period, but the baby is still growing and developing. A key third trimester concern is preeclampsia, a condition that leads to high blood pressure and organ damage for the mother. The only cure is early delivery, which carries a number of other risks. Preeclampsia can lead to fatal birth injuries if left untreated.

Trust a Florida Birth Injuries Lawyer to Assist with the Legal Process 

Florida medical malpractice laws apply to birth injury claims, so you may qualify to recover compensation for your losses. To learn more about your rights, please contact Greco & Wozniak P.A. Individuals in Hillsborough County and the surrounding area can call 813.223.7849 or visit our website to set up a no-cost case review.



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