Minor Risks to New Born

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic means abnormal. Ectopic pregnancies can be caused by infections and occurs when the fallopian tube is getting tighter, or more narrow, the egg is fertilized outside the uterus in the tube. Ectopic pregnancy can lead to heavy bleeding, severe pelvic pain, dizziness and can prove fatal. This condition needs immediate treatment.


Rh Negative Disease

Rh factor is related blood grouping.  This disease is caused when a mother who lacks Rh protein (Rh negative) has a Rh positive baby. During pregnancy she starts to build antibodies up against the next Rh positive baby. These antibodies can be very bad for the baby. Best way to treat or avoid this disease is to do a quick blood test for checking Rh factor status.


Group B Streptococcus infection

Group B Streptococcus is a type of bacteria and the leading cause of infections in new borns. Don’t confuse this with strep throat). Doctors find Group B Strep during pregnancy and administer antibiotics either during or after pregnancy.


Preterm Labour

Preterm happens when the mother’s body is trying to deliver the baby before she has reached full-term (37 weeks). There is a risk of delivering the baby too early when the contractions are closer, stronger, and longer. Mother’s undergoing preterm labour can feel like menstrual cramping or a subtle backache. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience above symptoms. In serious situations, bed rest and medications are necessary to help the pregnancy go full-term.


Low Birth Weight

Low weight of new-borns is caused by poor nutrition, substance use (cigarettes, alcohol, drugs). When a baby is born prematurely, it stays in the hospital for up to four months. Babies who are born at a low birth weight run the risk of respiratory infections, blindness, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, and heart infections. Hospitals are now more careful about handling low birth weight babies.