Obesity during pregnancy could be a factor that increases a child’s risk of suffering from cerebral palsy. However, researchers in a recent study cautioned against assuming any cause-and-effect link between obesity and cerebral palsy.
The association between obesity and cerebral palsy was pointed out in a study that focused on one million Swedish children. These children were monitored over a period of eight years, and the researchers found that the cerebral palsy risk for these children was approximately two cases for every 1,000 babies. They also found that women who suffered from some of the most severe forms of obesity, were much more likely to have children who suffered from cerebral palsy. They also found that the incidence of cerebral palsy was high even in children who were born at full term.
The researchers insist that this only shows an association between a woman’s weight during her pregnancy and an increased risk of cerebral palsy, but does not confirm that maternal obesity gives rise to cerebral palsy.
Overall, doctors do suggest that women maintain an ideal weight before pregnancy in order to reduce the risk of maternal complications. If you are trying to get pregnant, adopting a healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of conceiving as well as reducing risks related to childbirth. Adopting a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding smoking and alcohol only help to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. However, do not attempt to lose weight, go on a diet or exercise, while you are pregnant without consulting your doctor.
Cerebral palsy is a condition that is characterized by different types of symptoms. A child who suffers from cerebral palsy may suffer from challenges and limitations that are very different from another child without cerebral palsy. Broadly, cerebral palsy refers to a set of neurological conditions that primarily affect a person’s movement, speech and other abilities. Symptoms of cerebral palsy are non-progressive, which means that the symptoms do not necessarily become worse over a period of time.
In fact, children with cerebral palsy can learn to manage these limitations, and cope with these challenges over time, via therapy and other techniques. Advancements in medical technology mean that patients with cerebral palsy are growing up to become more independent, and are able to successfully challenge their own limitations, and do well in academics, extra-curricular activities and other aspects of life.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, there are a number of steps that you can take to help him. Talk to your doctor about these. Most importantly, keep your stress levels under control, and get support. There are support groups and communities in your area that can give you tips on coping. With your child’s condition, you need all medical information, including doctor phone numbers, medical records, diagnostic test results, and other information ready at hand. Keep all of this well- organized.
The Indiana medical malpractice attorneys at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP provide legal representation to persons whose children have suffered cerebral palsy as a result of a childbirth injury. Contact them right away if you believe you might have a claim.