How to Protect Your Newborn from Birth Injuries

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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. The greatest day of their lives becomes the most tragic when something goes wrong during the birth. Their new child is injured or dies, and worst of all, it could all have been prevented.

Horrible as that sounds, it happens every day. After getting the relief of knowing no genetic birth defects exist, most parents breath a sigh of relief, at least until they realize there is yet another risk ahead. Birth injuries can cause long-term damage and can ruin lives. They can be expensive. They may also require the involvement of birth injury lawyers.

So, what can be done to avoid the situation outright? Well, of course, nothing is one hundred percent effective. There is always the chance something could go wrong. But that doesn’t mean steps can’t be taken to minimize the risk.

On the one hand, some personal steps can be taken to ensure your health is the best it can be. That means sleeping as much as possible (always difficult during pregnancy, but get as much rest as possible). It also means eating well, drinking enough water, getting as much exercise as you can. Watch your weight (not to the point you are afraid to gain what you need to gain, but keep extra pounds to a minimum) and keep a close eye on any medical issues you may have (such as diabetes).

At the same time, avoid all the things your doctor tells you to. That means no alcohol (even if studies are inconclusive about having a little here and there), no smoking, no drugs of any sorts. In essence, you want to be living the healthiest life you possibly can from the moment you become pregnant until after the birth. Ideally, you’ll continue those practices afterward as well, but for the purposes of this article, at least continue them through the birth.

Other steps you can take would be regular prenatal care. That means seeing your doctor often. Ask all the questions you have and report any symptoms you feel are odd. Don’t feel embarrassed or like you need to cut it short. If you have to hold the doctor for an extra five minutes in order to make sure everything is answered, that is fine.

Finally, make sure you have a doctor you trust. Is your doctor experienced? Do they seem to know what they’re talking about? Do they have a strong record? Have they been highly recommended? Ask around and read reviews. If you are at all unsure, find another doctor.

These steps won’t ensure nothing goes wrong during the birth, but they can definitely minimize any risk. That is all you can ever do as a parent. Simply minimize the risk as much as possible and know you are doing the best you can.

A final word. While all these steps should be taken, try to worry as little as possible. It’s a scary possibility to add on to an already scary situation, but remember that stress is bad for the baby and for you and that the vast vast majority of pregnancies go off without a hitch!