No baby is completely immune from the risk of birth injuries. Still, some risk factors make them especially prone to injury during the birthing process. This could include a breech position or maternal infections such as hepatitis B or rubella. One of the most common factors that puts babies at an increased risk of birth injury is fetal macrosomia. Today, we’ll explain what it is and what we can do about it.
What Is Fetal Macrosomia?
‘Macrosomia’ is the technical term for when a fetus has an unusually large body. While there isn’t a clear threshold above which a baby has this condition, experts generally classify anything above 8 pounds and 13 ounces at birth as macrosomic.
You might find this surprising. While a baby exceeding 8 pounds and 13 ounces at birth is considered large, it isn’t terribly uncommon. In fact, roughly 10% of babies are born at this weight or heavier. And among these, only a fraction sustain birth injuries. Still, macrosomia can put your child at a heightened risk of being injured during birth. Here’s why.
How It Leads to Birth Injuries
Simply put, a larger baby is more difficult to deliver. Large size makes it more challenging for a newborn to easily emerge from the birth canal.
Among the most common causes of birth injuries, you might have heard of ‘traumatic birth.’ This simply refers to an especially difficult birth. During a challenging or otherwise lengthy birthing process, the baby has an increased risk of having oxygen flow cut off to the brain or injury from the doctor’s tools such as forceps. They may be born with cerebral palsy, facial paralysis, Erb’s palsy as a result.
Fetal macrosomia tends to cause traumatic birth, which in turn puts your newborn at risk of injury.
What Can Be Done About Fetal Macrosomia?
Thankfully, medical professionals have the expertise necessary to circumvent the dangers posed by fetal macrosomia. Throughout your pregnancy, medical professionals should carefully monitor for any factors that could increase the risk of injury either to you or your baby—including macrosomia. They can determine the baby’s size through a combination of imaging and measurement of amniotic fluid levels.
If they’ve determined that your baby is macrosomic, the easiest way to circumvent danger is by scheduling a cesarean section. Failure to do so could constitute medical malpractice.
If you believe your doctor failed to take the necessary steps to prevent birth injury as a result of macrosomia, you aren’t alone. Here at the Snyder Law Group, we understand the pain that you feel, and we’re ready to help. Don’t hesitate—contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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