• What Is Maternal Health?

    1 month ago - By UPMC

    Pregnancy, birth, and the newborn stages are joyous and important times. But women also face physical and mental stress in the pregnancy and recovery period. Pregnancy affects women's heart function, breathing, digestion, mood-regulating hormones, and much more.
    Maternal health refers to the health of women:
    During pregnancy.
    During labor and birth.
    In the postpartum period.
    Women are at an increased risk of disease and death in all three of these stages. Recent data shows that approximately 20 out of 100,000 women in the United States die each year due to pregnancy-related complications...
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