Medical researchers have recently conducted an important study that may be of interest to expecting mothers in Texas. After analyzing a group of healthy first-time mothers, researchers found that those who were artificially stimulated, or induced, at 39 weeks were at a lower risk for birth-related complications than those induced at 41 weeks.
Applying therapeutic hypothermia to Texas newborns who have been deprived of oxygen during birth can be an effective preventative treatment against cerebral palsy, according to a review study. The study also found that caffeine administered to preterm newborns who are being weaned from the use of assisted breathing machines can be useful. Newborns who were administered corticosteroids within their first weeks of life in order to prevent chronic lung disease had an increased chance of developing cerebral palsy.
Residents of Texas who know that their baby was injured sometime before, during or after delivery may want to learn all they can about a condition called hypoxia. This refers to a lack of oxygen at the tissue level and results in injury to the brain. If the baby is left untreated for too long, it can lead to permanent cognitive deficiencies, cerebral palsy or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.
Women in Texas who go through significant weight gain while they are pregnant for the first time have an increased chance of developing preeclampsia when giving birth. This is according to newly released research conducted on 62,000 women who had never given birth.
Birth can be a miraculous experience, but it is also a serious medical experience that, over the years, has led to many injuries and even fatalities. While modern healthcare has in many ways improved the birth experience for Texas mothers and babies, it has also introduced its own dangers into the human birth experience. In addition, it is very important for doctors monitoring a birth to keep a close eye on emergent events in order to prevent dangerous birth injuries that can be stopped when noticed and diagnosed in advance.
Shoulder dystocia is a type of birth injury that a small percentage of babies incur where one or both of their shoulders becomes stuck in the mother's pelvis. The baby then becomes wedged in the birth canal, and the pressure of the mother's body during delivery could break the baby's arm or collarbone; damage nerves in the shoulder, arm or hand; and deprive him or her of oxygen. Texas residents may want to know more to determine if their baby has this condition.
Preeclampsia can be a major concern for pregnant women in Texas and across the country as the disorder can cause premature birth, low birth weight, kidney and liver damage, premature placenta separation, seizures and stroke. The life-threatening disorder is more common among women with high blood pressure. One study indicates that a daily aspirin regimen could help some pregnant women beginning to experience high blood pressure to avoid preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a serious condition that can arise during a pregnancy. Expectant mothers in Texas and elsewhere who have it could experience a seizure, a stroke or even death. The baby could also be injured if his or her mother has preeclampsia. While there is no cure, there are ways to determine if a pregnant woman has this condition as well as ways to monitor it throughout the pregnancy.
Injuries to nerves heal slowly or not at all. When Texas physicians diagnose infants with Erb's palsy, months and sometimes years of therapy are needed to reduce paralysis and weakness caused by the condition. Erb's palsy describes an injury to the brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves that connect the spinal cord with the shoulder, arm, and hand. Difficult or prolonged deliveries that stretch infants' necks can be a cause of this.