Health Risks During the Postpartum Period
posted by The Live Better Team | May 23, 2018
Here’s some information on how the postpartum period can affect your health and how you can stay healthy after giving birth.
A study funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation surveyed over 2,000 women who had given birth between the ages of 18 and 45 in US hospitals. Here’s what they found:
According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rates of death for mothers in the days, weeks and months after giving birth in the US are higher than other developed countries—and this rate has been rising for two decades.
Death after giving birth is often caused by conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and others. It’s vital to meet with your doctor or OB/GYN before conception to talk about everything you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and recovery healthy recovery.
Here are the leading causes of death in mothers after birth:
Symptoms to Look For
If you experience these symptoms during postpartum, contact your doctor:
Steps You Can Take for a Healthy Postpartum Period
Here are some precautions you can take to minimize the risk of postpartum death and other complications:
Your doctor or OB/GYN can offer further recommendations when it comes to a safe pregnancy and postpartum period.
“The Time After Childbirth Is More Dangerous Than You Think. What to Watch For.” WebMD. https://blogs.webmd.com/womens-health/2017/11/the-time-after-childbirth-is-more-dangerous-than-you-think-what-to-watch-for.html
“What Health Concerns Do U.S. Women Have After Giving Birth?: A Listening to Mothers III Data Brief.” Transforming Maternity Care. http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/reports/listeningtomothers/healthconcerns/
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.