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If you have to have surgery while you’re pregnant, it’s important to know that your surgeon has taken your pregnancy into consideration. There are many times when surgeries can wait, and there are others where surgery may not be indicated until a certain time in your pregnancy.

Even though there are some dangers to mothers and their children, non-obstetric surgeries are common; they take place in around 1.5 to 2 percent of all pregnancies, affecting over 75,000 women a year in the United States.

An obstetrician needs to be well-informed on the influence of surgical disorders during a pregnancy, the risk of both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and how to manage preterm labor if it takes place post-operatively.

There are some indications that you should receive non-obstetric surgery, but this is usually when your life is at risk or your unborn child could be put at risk because of your condition. For instance, if you have an aortic aneurysm, appendicitis, or a rupture of your spleen, these are emergencies for which you will need to receive treatment.

Before you have surgery, your doctor should look at your fetus and your health to determine the risk of anesthesia, the potential for preterm delivery and how the drugs you have to take could affect your unborn child. New lab work should be taken, because your blood work changes during pregnancy and needs to be accounted for during surgery.

If you have been hurt because of a surgery you shouldn’t have received, you could be able to file a claim for compensation. Our website has more information on birth injuries and what to do if you or your child has been hurt.