When a child is born with birth injuries, the doctor is often accused of medical malpractice. However, the mother’s health and actions during pregnancy play a part in many birth injuries. Even when doctors do all they can to deliver the baby safely, birth injuries can still occur. If you are an expectant mother, there are things you can do to keep your baby healthy and reduce the risk of birth injuries from occurring.
You should gain a healthy amount of weight. Your doctor will tell you how much you should gain based on your normal weight. Gaining too much weight can make a too-large baby difficult to deliver.
Also, avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs. These substances harm your baby and can cause your baby to suffer low birth weight, lung problems and other birth injuries.
You can also start a regular exercise program. Exercise has shown to reduce labor complications.
Take control of your health. Inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have and any prescriptions you take. Your doctor will determine if you can continue taking these medications while pregnant.
Not all birth injuries constitute medical malpractice. However, if you believe your doctor’s negligence caused your baby to suffer from birth injuries, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Consult a Brooklyn medical malpractice lawyer from Gacovino Lake & Associates about a free consultation at 1-800-246-4878.