A cesarean section is a surgical procedure in which the obstetrician makes incisions in the abdomen and uterus of a pregnant woman during labor to deliver her baby. There are certain risks associated with C-sections, and expecting mothers in North Carolina might want to be aware of them whether or not they plan to have one.
Pregnant women in North Carolina are at increased risk of suffering blunt trauma to their unborn children during a traffic accident, according to MedScape.com. Analysis of possible risk factors indicates fetal injury is 8 percent more likely in cases where the mother was unrestrained at the time of the accident, and fetal death is much more likely for women who are in their 20th to 27th weeks of pregnancy, suggesting this is a particularly vulnerable time for the fetus.
While there is no way to know for sure what causes a stillbirth, there are several factors that may increase the chances of one occurring. Women who are over the age of 35 may have a higher risk of a stillbirth compared to others. Mothers who are malnourished or do not receive prenatal care may be at risk of delivering a stillborn child.
Residents of North Carolina may be surprised to learn that in comparison to other developed nations, the United States has become an increasingly risky place for giving birth to a child. Recent data indicating that the U.S. ranks low in comparison to other industrialized countries was published in a report issued by Save the Children. However, the alarming statistics have already spurred health organizations across the country to implement preventive and proactive measures to reduce potential risks.
When expecting a new family member, North Carolina parents often take several steps to make sure they are ready for the big day. Although many things are within grasp of expecting parents, such as building a nursery or arranging daycare, other things are not. This is why many women expect their obstetricians to be on the look out for various pregnancy complications.