March 26th, 2007
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Categories: Health Risks

Mother & Child on Motorcycle (c) Lynda Bernhardt

Lack of Prenatal Care

Source of Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Is It?

Failure to receive healthcare from an obstetrician or midwife throughout the pregnancy.

What Causes It?

  • Inability to afford medical
  • No access to medical care
  • Unaware of pregnancy

What Are the Symptoms/Risks?

Inadequate prenatal care can cause the following risks:

  • Low infant birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Neonatal mortality
  • Infant mortality
  • Maternal mortality

Is it Hereditary?

No.

Diagnosable at Birth or Latent?

N/A

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Lack of prenatal care can include poor nutrition, use of substances that are harmful to the baby, and exposure to radiation (X-rays).

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What’s the Bottom Line?

Find out all you can about the baby’s prenatal care and then talk to a doctor about this risks.

My son’s birthmother was not aware that she was pregnant until her third trimester, so she did not receive any prenatal care for the first 6 months. The pediatrician we consulted was not overly concerned about this because she lived a primarily healthy lifestyle. Her obstetrician was able to provide prenatal care for the remainder of her pregnancy, and the baby was born healthy.

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Malnutrition

Source of Information: United Nations University; National Eating Disorder Association

What Is It?

Poor nutrition because of an insufficient or poorly balanced diet.

What Causes It?

Poverty; eating disorders.

What Are the Symptoms/Risks?

  • Feeding difficulties
  • Low birth weight
  • Poor development
  • Premature birth
  • Respiratory distress

Is it Hereditary?

No.

Diagnosable at Birth or Latent?

Evident before birth.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Malnutrition is also dangerous to the birthmother’s health.

According to the United Nations University…

Despite the amount of investigation that has been conducted in the nutrition field, it is astonishing to discover the extent of our ignorance about different facets of maternal nutrition.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a lot of data about the aftereffects of specific nutritional deficiencies.

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