To prevent cerebral palsy (CP), prospective parents should follow these guidelines:
Get regular prenatal care.
Expectant mothers and, in some cases, expectant fathers should get a simple blood test to determine their Rh factor. An incompatibility between mother and child usually does not cause problems with the first pregnancy. In addition, an immunization given to the mother after delivery of an Rh positive child can prevent problems for future pregnancies.
Women should be immunized...