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Delivery Complications (Overview)

Delivery complications are problems that occur during childbirth, affecting the mother and/or baby. Complications include having difficulty with a natural vaginal birth and having a baby positioned incorrectly before being born, both which may require additional surgical procedures and medication. Further problems may be encountered after delivery such as severe bleeding in the mother and various health issues for the baby.


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What kind of problems are delivery complications?

What kind of problems are delivery complications?

Delivery complicatio: This includes a large area. There are fetal complications and maternal complications. Most of fetal complications relate to trauma and asphyxia. Maternal complications relate to trauma, laceration and bleeding.Sometimes injury to important organs. ...Read more

Delivery Complications (Overview)

Delivery complications are problems that occur during childbirth, affecting the mother and/or baby. Complications include having difficulty with a natural vaginal birth and having a baby positioned incorrectly before being born, both which may require additional surgical procedures and medication. Further problems may be encountered after delivery such as severe bleeding in the mother and various health issues for the baby.


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Managing Pregnancy Complications (Checklist)

Keep all scheduled appointment with your ob/Gyn
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Contact your doctor for unusual symptoms
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Monitor the baby's kick counts in 3rd trimester
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Discuss the optimal time for delivery with your OB
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I just found out I have gonorrhea. Could this cause delivery complications or a miscarriage?

I just found out I have gonorrhea. Could this cause delivery complications or a miscarriage?

Yes: It could cause preterm labor so get treated right away. Your partner should be treated. Do not engage in unprotected sexual activity. ...Read more

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What is the result of delivery complication asphyxia?

What is the result of delivery complication asphyxia?

Brain damage: This is very serious for the fetus and infant. It can cause growth retardation and even mild mental retardation. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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What are the most common symptoms of delivery complication - asphyxia?

What are the most common symptoms of delivery complication - asphyxia?

Not subtle: Typically a birth complicated by significant birth asphyxia, which is where the baby is not getting enough blood and oxygen to the brain, is followed by a floppy baby, often with little crying or breathing without help from the doctors and nurses, seizures may also be a complication. Baby's may need to be on a breathing machine. Mild birth asphyxia may only have low tone that goes away. ...Read more

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7 mths ago I gave birth.Natural delivery,no complications.Ever since had pain on right side like a constant pulling feeling&pain at end of urination. ?

7 mths ago I gave birth.Natural delivery,no complications.Ever since had pain on right side like a constant pulling feeling&pain at end of urination. ?

See GYN: Best to let the GYN know and get an exam. You may have acquired a strained area during the birthing process, and or even have an underlying UTI, etc. best wishes. ...Read more

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2weeks PP.Vag delivery no complications.Light/no bleeding 4 days after birth.Now on and off red blood like period/quarter clots. Terrified. Normal?

2weeks PP.Vag delivery no complications.Light/no bleeding 4 days after birth.Now on and off red blood like period/quarter clots. Terrified. Normal?

Call OB: Sometimes one can have leftovers of the placenta or other tissues postpartum still present in the uterus. While some bleeding is expected after delivery, clots and heavy bleeding should be reported to your obstetrician immediately. I suggest you call and describe what you are experiencing to them and let the decide what should be done next. Congratulations on your new baby. Keep calm and call OB. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a breech delivery and its complications.?

Describe the features of a breech delivery and its complications.?

Breech delivery: Basically means delivering first the baby butt then the head. It is very risky because head can get trapped inside the uterus and also hypoxic episodes are more prone in this case of delivery. Head is the largest part of the baby so maternal pelvis may not accomodate the head. Today in civilised world no one delivers breech unless the baby butt is out and you can't do a cesarean. ...Read more

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Had vaginal normal delivery with no complications. When can we fly between states to visit family?

Had vaginal normal delivery with no complications. When can we fly between states to visit family?

6 weeks: I usually recommend waiting 4-6 weeks, especially if you are travelling a long distance with a newborn. Also, ask your pediatrician about flying, length of the trip, etc. ...Read more

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How long does a mother have to be detained at the hospital after normal delivery with no complications?

How long does a mother have to be detained at the hospital after normal delivery with no complications?

48 hours: The first 48 hours are important as the baby is transitioning from fetal circulation (blood flow characteristics while inside mom) to regular independent blood circulation. The baby is also transitioning from never having breathed before, to breathing earth's air fully independently. Mom also has to transition her body's processes back to her non-pregnant condition. ...Read more

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What are the main complications with delivery of a macrosomic baby?

What are the main complications with delivery of a macrosomic baby?

Lots: Shoulder Dystocia, Clavicular fracture, nerve damage to extremity, persistent low blood sugars, infection ...Read more

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Is autism resulting from complications during delivery?

Is autism resulting from complications during delivery?

Not likely: Although the causes for autism are still being discovered and likely involve a combination of factors, complications during delivery/birth, while being a risk factor for many other problems, do not seem to be a major contributor or risk for autism specifically. ...Read more

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Any treatment for hypotonia? My son is now 9 . Complications during delivery

Any treatment for hypotonia? My son is now 9 . Complications during delivery

Hypotonia: It depends on the underlying reason for the muscles decreased tone. But what ever the reason pt (physical therapy) and help strengthen the muscles by exercising them properly. ...Read more

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Not currently pregnant nor plan to be but have been told my tilted cervix could cause complications in delivery. What would prevent vaginal birth?

Not currently pregnant  nor plan to be but have been told my tilted cervix could cause complications in delivery.  What would prevent vaginal birth?

I Don't agree: Unless there is a significant congenital abnormality in your cervix, it is doubtful that a "tilted cervix" would cause problems with a vaginal delivery tho i need a more exact description. Maybe you are referring to a tilted uterus which is still not a reason to fear, necessarily. See a board-certified ob-gyn for a reliable answer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have complications from hellp 7 months after delivery?

No HELPP: No, the condition is unrelated to pregnancy but may still be a serious problem and you should have a checkup with your obgyn. ...Read more

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What are the delivery comlications with gestational diabetes?

What are the delivery comlications with  gestational diabetes?

C-section, dystocia.: Poorly controlled diabetes mellitus in pregnancy can cause large fetus (macrosomia) and increase the risk of labor dystocia requiring cesarean section, or even shoulder dystocia with severe complications. Large babies can also cause uterine atony and severe postpartum hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Because of having my thyroid taken out will there be a lot of complications in the delivery room ?

Because of having my thyroid taken out will there be a lot of complications in the delivery room ?

Shouldn't be: Hi. Usually your thyroid hormone dose needs to be increased in your pregnancy. If you're taking your medicine & your TSH is in goal, you'll be fine in L&D from the thyroid standpoint. Good luck in a fast, smooth, easy delivery! ...Read more

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2weeks after delivery, can I do activities such as roller coasters , jet skis, ? Or can it cause complications?

2weeks after delivery, can I do activities such as roller coasters , jet skis, ? Or can it cause complications?

May be too early: It is generally advised to avoid too much vigorous physical activity until about 6 weeks after delivery. Wound healing, anemia, fatigue and the need to focus on your new baby are all reasons to wait until your obgyn gives you clearance to return to normal activities. ...Read more

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My dopler scan says a loop of cord vessel seen close to the fetal neck .is their any complication in normal delivery?

My dopler scan says a loop of cord vessel seen close to the  fetal neck .is their any complication in normal delivery?

Common: This is common and usually causes no problem but the cord can tighten during delivery. The fetal monitor should show if there is a problem and you might have to have a C-section but I have delivered many babies with the cord around the neck vaginally and just lifted the cord over the baby's head after the head came out with no problem. ...Read more

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If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

Sure - talk to OBGYN: Precipitous labor and deliveries in your past make the request for elective labor induction at 39-40 weeks completely reasonable and legitimate. Talk to your obstetrician to see if that can be arranged; if not, seek second opinion. Best of luck! ...Read more

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