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Syracuse Doctor Warns About Pregnancy Complications and Side Effects

According to Cathy Barry, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist (OBGYN), of Cathy J. Barry, M.D., & Associates, in Syracuse, New York, pregnancy causes expected and unexpected changes to a woman’s body.

Most of the changes are due to hormones. More unusual changes include feet that grow or flatten during pregnancy, as well as swelling and weight gain. Swelling and excessive weight gain may also be a sign of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes which, if left undiagnosed due to medical malpractice, can cause severe and permanent injury to a pregnant mother.

Other unusual changes include skin tags, or the growth of new polyps of skin in areas where skin rubs against skin, or where skin rubs against clothing. Skin tags are not moles. Moles that develop during pregnancy should be evaluated by a doctor as they could be melanoma which, if left undiagnosed due to medical malpractice, could lead to metastatic cancer and death.

Further unusual changes include stuffy, bloody or bigger noses, dark spots on a woman’s face, vision changes, and forgetfulness (“pregnancy amnesia” or “baby brain”). Cravings are also common; however, not to eat food but, instead, to eat things like laundry detergent, dryer sheets and clay. Unusual cravings may be a sign of missing essential nutrients, such as iron, and should be discussed with a doctor to prevent harm to you or your unborn baby.

According to Dr. Barry, “[i]f you have a change and you’re not sure if its good or bad, you should always call your doctor.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice and birth injury cases, including those arising out of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. If your have diagnosed with a health condition during or immediately after your pregnancy, and that condition was preventable or treatable (but was not), you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

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