Report: Birth complications rising in US
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- Duration 2:55
- Date Oct 28, 2012
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You -- I'm gonna begin with this a shocking study found that serious birth complications are on the rise in our country.
Researchers found that heart problems are among the most common cause doctor -- winds -- that this -- what do we do about it.
-- this is coming out of the centers for disease control and they've found that there's about 52000.
Women with serious complications after birth.
And the reason it's rising in my opinion and also I spoke to doctor William Callahan was actually the author of the -- from CBC and reproductive expert.
Is because this good news.
Older women are now having babies women -- more medical complications women with -- underlying heart disease.
Women with diabetes but we also have an obesity epidemic in the United States and when you have obesity -- risks of complications is greater.
Callahan calls it a stress test pregnancies a stress test for the body.
And not enough women are saying before I get pregnant.
All my medical problems under control is my blood pressure under control and -- having the right medication is my diabetes under control.
Can I lose weight in my at the optimum -- for having a baby we also are seeing more and more believing now.
After birth because more women that have had C sections before now trying to have regular vaginal deliveries all that's good but you have to see the right specialist if you can.
The right experts.
The experts in maternal fetal medicine and what's been said by Callahan and others is what about the M.
In maternal fetal medicine we've spent so much time worrying about the -- as we should.
But what about the health of the mother it's -- -- -- you're saying should take.
Before you get pregnant if you can.
I'd be aware of her health situation that stop smoking for sure absolutely that's -- really watch out for your health before the surrogate pregnancy someone it's a long term problem not one visit doctor Simonyi and the -- you -- -- Well I think this is a very important point because a demo graphic -- pregnant women are changing and we're seeing that there are more professionals.
Getting married the lady there in life and they're older so that that -- self -- raises the risk.
Obesity plays a huge draw as it is.
Pregnancy changes the entire physiology of the body -- mass effect.
Of the baby pressing on the kidneys pressing on -- heart pressing on the blood pressure all of that stuff.
And that's added stress so we're seeing sicker population of women getting pregnant.
-- diabetes and heart but -- -- obesity is on top of it.
That by itself increases the risk of blood clots and complications as a result of -- so I think.
This is a very important point is that preventing -- ahead of time if you're planning to become pregnant you want to make sure that you see your doctors.
I tried to take care of the diabetes and -- but -- -- I lose the way I think optimizing yourself for pregnancy is a very important point -- has that point.
Is important -- that's how you prevent competition that's good that's great advice.
Actually I think if you're responsible enough to take care of a baby if you think you are you should at least start by trying to get yourself in the best condition possible boy is it exhausting being a parent.
You guys know I'm talking.