A Pregnant Woman Is Dying Every 5 Minutes! Here's Why!

A Pregnant Woman Is Dying Every 5 Minutes! Here's Why!

World Health Organization revealed alarming facts on maternal deaths this year. Their report revealed that every 5 minutes, at least one pregnant woman is facing death during childbirth. This is shocking as 1 death in 5 minutes amounts to 288 deaths in 24 hours. Postpartum haemorrhage results in 66% of maternal death after delivery. These complications arise from various reasons, where postpartum haemorrhage remains the most highlighted issue so far. Other reasons for such a huge death toll are unsafe abortion, infection or from health complications that are worsened in pregnancy.


Women need not die needlessly if they are accessible to comprehensive maternal care services and skilled care during pregnancy. Mothers facing financial crisis have about a two and a half times higher mortality rate as they are deprived of the essential need required during labor.
Intensive care has to be given to women living under humanitarian crisis as obstetric care units with skilled personnel is the key to saving the lives of these women. Well-trained midwives and good management can play a key role in reducing the loss of life in India. A  woman need not die in vain if she is accessible to quality family planning administrations and maternal support.



Most common pregnancy related complications can be hypertension, improper food intake, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, obstetric cholestasis and low placenta. Let’s discuss all the complications in detail below.

Hypertension: Hypertension is the most well-known restorative issue experienced during pregnancy, complicating up to 10% of pregnancies. Women going through first-time pregnancy is likely to face hypertension. Hypertension can also be seen in women who are obese, diabetic or facing geriatric pregnancy. You can keep a track of your blood pressure by purchasing a blood pressure monitor from a pharmacy or online medical goods store.

Improper Food Intake : A mother’s diet during pregnancy is crucial for the long term of her child. Diet during pregnancy doesn’t correlate to cutting off food during pregnancy but fine-tuning your eating habits to support baby’s growth and development. It is advisable for a pregnant woman to include fruits and vegetables in her diet, making certain that you get the necessary nutrients that you and your baby need.

Ectopic Pregnancy: Ectopic Pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. Ectopic Pregnancy can rupture the Fallopian tube which leads to internal bleeding or you could experience severe pain on one side of the belly. You should immediately head to a gynaecologist if you experience any of the above. She may run you through some tests and suggest the best treatment based on your medical condition.

Obstetric Cholestasis: This is a disorder that affects the liver during pregnancy. This causes a development of bile acids in your body. The primary symptom is tingling of the skin yet there is no skin rash. Dabbing the affected areas of the skin with baking soda or apple cider vinegar can alleviate the itchiness.



It is realized that an infant inside the belly is totally reliant on her mom for sustenance. This makes it critical for the mother to deal with her eating regimen. Above all else, the 'eat for two' idea should be busted. They need just 300 calories more than their typical calorie intake. Here are a few suggestions for a well-balanced diet during pregnancy.

1 Tip: Include veggies and fruits in your diet, minimum 5 servings of it every day.

2 Tip: Make sure that you wash your hands before and after handling food.

3 Tip: Exercising at least for half an hour everyday beats stress and boosts blood circulation.

4 Tip: Never rely on self-medication. Feel free to consult your doctor regarding any small doubts.

5 Tip: A good amount of sleep is essential for pregnant women. This is the time when you should let your body rest and prepare yourself to accept the baby into this world.


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