Katy women reduce risk of low birthweight babies with prenatal care during pregnancy
More than eight percent of babies born in 2015 in the US weighed less than 2500 grams (about 5.8 pounds). The doctors at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine gynecology clinic in Katy, TX urge expectant mothers to seek prenatal care during pregnancy to reduce risk of having a low birthweight baby.
Why it matters
Low-birthweight babies have a greater than average chance of medical problems including:
- IVH – Intraventricular hemorrhage or bleeding in the brain is usually mild and resolves naturally. However, severe cases can allow fluid to build up causing pressure and brain damage.
- NEC – With necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal disorder, antibiotics are needed to fight infection while baby is fed intravenously, allowing intestines to heal.
- PDA – Patent ductus arteriosus is a heart problem characterized failure of a large artery to close after birth. Untreated PDA can lead to heart failure.
- RDS – Respiratory distress syndrome is a breathing problem common when baby lacks a protein that prevents air sacs in lungs from collapsing.
- ROP – Retinopathy of prematurity impacts blood vessels in baby’s eyes. ROP usually heals without loss of sight, but vision monitoring is necessary.
What you should know
The primary reasons babies are born below normal weight are premature birth, and fetal growth restriction. Birth defects and fetal infections also play a role. The best way to minimize your risk of a low birthweight delivery is with excellent prenatal care. Ideally, begin seeing Dr. Jenkins, Dr. Falae, or Dr. Torres before you conceive, or as soon as you suspect you might be pregnant. The doctor works with you to eliminate risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and abuse of street or prescription drugs. With control of chronic disease, a healthy eating plan, and routine monitoring, your chance of having a full-term, healthy baby increases dramatically.
Call 855 346 8610 for the prenatal care you and your baby deserve.