When someone files a birth injury lawsuit, you can be sure that the defense will want to know everything about the mother’s pre-existing health before to the incident. There are cases where certain behaviors or diseases raise the risk of a complication that causes injury. Here is one such example from Neurology Advisor.
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A new study in The American Journal of Epidemiology revealed that mothers with multiple sclerosis (MS) had an increased risk of infections during pregnancy and preterm delivery. They looked at general infections, chorioamnionitis (infection of the placenta and amniotic fluid), as well as other indications.
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Researchers used the information from two healthcare databases to evaluate the risks. Over five million births were studied. Infections during pregnancy occurred in 43.4% of mothers without MS and 51.7% of mothers with MS. Also, mothers with MS had more C-sections and an increased risk for premature birth.
There were no meaningful differences in pregnancy between mothers who had an episode of MS during pregnancy and those who did not. MS also didn’t cause a risk of major malformations in infants.
Doctors should warn patients when they are at an increased risk of danger due to a pre-existing condition. That will let patients take preparations so they and their unborn children can be safe.