Too many women die each year in the U.S. from problems related to pregnancy or delivery complications. Pregnancy complications can affect anyone. Some women remain more at risk of death than others. In Winnebago County, Black women are three times as likely to die from pregnancy related complications as White women. The majority of these pregnancy related deaths are preventable.
If you are pregnant or know someone who is pregnant, learn the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs. Watch for these Urgent Maternal Warning Signs during and up to 1 year after delivery. Seek medical care immediately if you experience any of these signs or symptoms. These symptoms could indicate a life-threatening situation.
This list is not meant to cover every symptom you might have. If you feel like something just isn’t right, or you aren’t sure if it’s serious, talk to your healthcare provider. Be sure to tell them if you are pregnant or were pregnant within the last year.
While serious pregnancy-related complications and deaths can occur, many can be prevented by recognizing warning signs and encouraging women to get help early. It’s important for those around pregnant women to listen to them when they express concerns. The Center’s For Disease Control Hear Her campaign encourages us all to know the Urgent Maternal Warning Signs and help those who are pregnant get the care and support they need to stay healthy. Click here to learn more on how you can help.