Mental health issues are leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths, CDC study finds

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Centers for Disease Control has released a new study that found that 4 out of 5 pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. More than half of these deaths occurred after childbirth.

22% of deaths occurred during pregnancy, 25% occurred on the day of delivery or within seven days following pregnancy, and 53% occurred between 7 days and 1 year after pregnancy.

Along with welcoming a family member, there are many health risks that come with pregnancy. According to this research conducted by the Maternal Mortality Review Committee, most pregnancy-related deaths could have been prevented.

The major underlying causes of pregnancy-related death include:

  • Mental health issues (including suicide and overdose/poisoning deaths related to substance use disorder) (23%)
  • Excessive bleeding (haemorrhage) (14%)
  • Heart and coronary (heart-related) conditions (13%)
  • Infection (9%)
  • Thrombotic embolism (a type of blood clot) (9%)
  • Cardiomyopathy (a disease of the heart muscle) (9%)
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (related to high blood pressure) (7%)

Doctors encourage new moms and moms-to-be to get early and regular care from a doctor during and after pregnancy.

“There are many resources available that people aren’t aware of,” said Mercy OB-GYN hospitalist Dr. Chandria Johnson. “And so, particularly in addiction services and different addiction and mental health services, there are many resources available specifically for pregnant and postpartum women to help provide resources for treatment and support during pregnancy. and postpartum to reduce these complications. It all sort of comes down to getting early and consistent prenatal care so we can connect people to available services.

Doctors at Mercy say they do frequent mental health screenings to help connect new moms who may be struggling with resources to get help.

“We do a screening test that we do in the hospital with the mother before she comes home from the hospital,” Dr Johnson said. “Then this screening test is given during pediatrician visits for the first six months, and it helps to screen for mental health symptoms, and if this screening is abnormal, the pediatrician can then talk to the patient briefly and be referred to his OB. -GYN or their primary care physician to set themselves up for treatment and other support services.

Having the baby blues for a few weeks is normal, but if you notice your condition getting worse, it might be time to talk to your doctor. Some of the symptoms you need to watch out for are

  • If you have severe sleep disturbances and cannot rest while the baby sleeps.
  • If you are struggling to take care of your baby or feel unable to connect or bond with your new little one.
  • If you are thinking about hurting yourself, your child or someone else.

If you have mental health issues after having a baby, contact your doctor. If you are in a mental health emergency, dial 988 and speak to someone on the helpline.

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Mental health issues are leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths, CDC study finds

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