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Consequences of Having No Prenatal Care

by | Mar 19, 2021 | Women's Services

Dangerous Complications Due No Prenatal Care

Quality prenatal care starts with in-depth education, and we believe in continued education for the communities we serve. Please read on and discover many of the important and vital aspects of receiving top-notch prenatal care for the sake of the health of an expectant woman, and the health of her unborn baby.

The United States is a leading country providing its women with quality prenatal care. You may, like many others, wonder why then too many women are not seeking vital essential prenatal care when it is more readily available for women throughout the country. Medical researchers surveying all these aspects found that a few possible reasons could be:

  • An array of fears that are very real to the mother
  • Financial issues
  • Structural and systematic problems
  • Issues in education
  • Marital status
  • Cultural Beliefs
  • Difficulties for those under the age of 18-years
  • Fear of the possibility of having to give the baby up for adoption


Increased risks for neonatal death are typically due to a number of circumstances that could surround the mother’s overall health, such as those seen in the following complications:

  • Congenital or chromosomal abnormalities
  • Premature rupture of the membranes
  • Chronic hypertension
  • Renal disease
  • Placenta Previa
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Rh sensitization
  • History of small gestational-age infant
  • Excess amniotic fluid
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Premature detachment of the placenta
  • Alcohol and drug users
  • Maternal age
  • Smoking
  • Preterm premature rupture of the membranes
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic hypertension and pregnancy-induced hypertension and more

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Lack of Prenatal Care Can Provide Long-Term Complications for the Child

When a pregnant woman avoids seeking prenatal care, she puts the life of her unborn baby at risk of death or a challenging life due to many complications. A few of these complications come in the form of:

  • Long-term medical care for the child
  • Long-term custodial care
  • The burden of the cost of medical care
  • Learning disabilities
  • Stress on marriage relationships
  • Stress between a parent and disabled child

Most parents try hard to provide good care to the child after birth with the material, yet essential things in life like a nutritious diet, a safe environment, clean clothes, and scheduled pediatric visits. However, this essential care needs to start with prenatal care in the first trimester. At these visits, the OB/GYN doctor pinpoints impending and serious problems that would otherwise affect the baby in the womb, after birth, and possibly for the rest of their life. The following are just a few examples of possible complications that may be avoided due to the efforts of prenatal care:

  • Low birth weight
  • Anemia
  • ABO incompatibility
  • Rh sensitivity
  • Learning problems
  • Disabilities such Cerebral Palsy
  • ADHD
  • Language delays
  • Severe neurological problems

Prenatal care assures that the mother and the unborn infant receive the best care possible prior to the delivery. Good prenatal care also helps to ensure that the infant gets off to a wonderful start in life, and begins to meet all the expected milestones of healthy children.

There are many ways that pregnant mothers can prepare for a healthy pregnancy, and get their children’s development off to a good start. By receiving regular prenatal care, eating well, and exercising, a mother-to-be can improve her baby’s chances for success during the early years and beyond.

Explaining Prenatal Care

Studies have found that women who delivered prematurely typically had fewer prenatal visits than those women who had carries full-term. On the other hand, women who had more than expected a number of prenatal visits indicate that the woman is a high-risk pregnancy and in spite of the increased number of visits adverse outcomes remain a risk. Prenatal visits are not identical for every woman, and prenatal visits should be individualized and tailored to each woman to identify and solve potential health issues. A personalized pregnancy plan of care needs to be able to address a multitude of interventions with specific goals and approaches needed to reach these goals to keep the woman healthy and safe during pregnancy and assure safe full-term delivery. Prenatal visits consist of some following tests that may not include extra monitoring that the OB/GYN doctor feels is essential to the health and well-being of the mother and unborn infant:

  • A prenatal workup
  • Extensive medical history
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Monitoring of weight
  • Belly measurements
  • Monitoring of blood pressure
  • Adequate food and fluid intake through daily well-balanced meals
  • Dental care
  • Family planning

If you reside in Gainesville, Texas, or the surrounding areas and are currently expecting, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment in the OB/GYN department. One of our main goals in serving our communities is education and training in an extensive list of subjects and topics like the importance of women receiving quality prenatal care.

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