It’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that maternal mortality is still such a prevalent issue in the United States and across the globe. But unfortunately, there’s still a lot of research to be done on the issue and how to prevent it. A new study published Tuesday in the British medical journal The Lancet Global Health, found that pregnant women with anemia face a higher risk of maternal death. That’s frustrating and pretty unacceptable when you consider the fact that anemia is totally preventable, as reported by CNN.
There are a few different types of anemia, which basically means that your body has a “lower-than-normal amount of red blood cells,” according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Red blood cells are what pushes oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. It can make you feel tired, weak, and cause headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, and even an irregular heartbeat.
Mild anemia is really common, and just means that you’re not getting enough iron and other vitamins, which is usually what doctors prescribe to people who show symptoms. (However, there are also other more serious conditions that can cause lower red blood cells like kidney disease, cancer, or autoimmune diseases.)
Women on their periods or are pregnant are at higher risk for mild anemia, which is why it’s so important for women to be checking in with their doctor and taking prenatal vitamins to prevent it.
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According to the World Health Organization, doctors and researchers have also assumed that there might be a link between anemia and maternal mortality, but the data has never been definitive. This study, however, seems to have found a solid link between the condition and maternal death.
The study drew from World Health Organization data from 29 countries in Latin America, Africa, Western Pacific, Eastern…