Updated: Jul 12, 2020
Let's Be Real
Let's be REAL girl, pregnancy ain't easy. It comes with a whole new level of trials and tribulations that only adds to the stress of being a woman living in the 21st century. Not to mention the transitions that your body endure which involves gaining weight, swollen limbs, and puking at the smell of foods you use to love. However, it is also a reality that many pregnancies can go from good to bad as a result of not prioritizing your maternal health check-ups.
Momma, I know it's hard. You got a lot on your plate as it is. You got other little mouths to feed and you are just not here for the back and forth seemingly useless 10 minute doctors visits that don't seem to benefit your life at all. I've been there girl...Prenatal Visits felt like an absolute waste of time to me. However, my Prenatal visits helped to save not only my life, but also my babies life.
6 short years ago, I was pregnant with my second child. I was excited because we had waited a long time to conceive again as my first born was already 7 years old. I was enjoying bring pregnant and the mommy glow was in full effect. Six months into my pregnancy, I went to my prenatal appointment and all seemed well. After monitoring my babies heartbeat and checking the babies contractions, the doctors notices that the contractors were too intense for a pregnancy so early. After taking more test and having my cervix checked, the doctors discovered that I was 5 cementers dilated. Needless to say... I WASN'T READYYYYYYY! Things went from 0 to 100 in under 1hr and I was told that I would have to be induced. The next day, I gave birth to my baby boy Kenenchi who was premature and weighed only 1lb and 2oz. He had to live in the NICU for the first 1 month of his life which was great for me so that I could rest and heal. The moral of my story is that if I didn't go to my prenatal appointment when I did, my baby might not be alive today.
Mommas, you a worth every check up and every doctors visit that your insurance will pay for. You have the power to prevent most of the complications that occurs during pregnancy by detecting them before they progress. Your life and the life of your unborn are important. So, show up and show out at every appointment like the mommy boss that you are!
WHY YOU SHOULD PRIORITIZE YOUR MATERNAL WELLNESS CHECK-UPS
WOMEN LIKE YOU ARE DYING FROM PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM COMPLICATIONS
I know you’re heard the news... black mother dies from pregnancy complications after birth. It happens way too ofter and what makes matters worst is that it all could have been prevented. My mother always told me "prevention is better than the cure" and in this case prevents saves not only one life... but many. If that is not enough, let’s look at some statistics:
`` Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women.
`` Black women are more likely to experience preventable maternal death compared with white women.
`` Black women’s heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels.
`` Black women are three times more likely to have fibroids (benign tumors that grow in the uterus and can cause postpartum hemorrhaging) than white women, and the fibroids occur at younger ages and grow more quickly for Black women.
`` Black women display signs of preeclampsia earlier in pregnancy than white women. This condition, which involves high blood pressure during pregnancy, can lead to severe complications including death if improperly treated.
`` Black women experience physical “weathering,” meaning their bodies age faster than white women’s due to exposure to chronic stress linked to socioeconomic disadvantage and discrimination over the life course, thus making pregnancy riskier at an earlier age.
Those are the facts!
Momma, know that your life is important and getting the proper care needed during pregnancy can save your life. So make your maternal appointments a priority today!
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