Dr. Cannada shares how a mother's orthopedic trauma affects the growing fetus.
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How a Pregnant Woman's Orthopedic Trauma Can Affect the Baby How does the mother’s orthopaedic trauma affect the baby? It means that the baby doesn’t do as good. For women with orthopedic trauma with their babies, again, because there was a high incidence of low birth weight and a high incidence of preterm delivery, especially the preterm delivery, the women had a 14% chance of having their baby admitted to the neonatal ICU unit. And in addition, had a significant risk of having their baby on a ventilator just because they had an orthopedic trauma. In addition, their Apgar scores were lower, significantly lower, five minutes versus a pregnant trauma patient without an orthopedic injury.