Black Maternal Health

Black Maternal Health Week is recognized each year from April 11 – 17, to bring attention and action. The goal is to prevent pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity. Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women. As their family, friends and caregivers, we can all help. It’s vital to listen to women and take their pain seriously. Learn the urgent maternal warning signs. During pregnancy and throughout the year following, a pregnant woman or new mom should seek immediate care if experiencing any of the following:

  • Changes in vision
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • Severe nausea and throwing up
  • Chest pain or fast-beating heart
  • Extreme swelling of hands or face
  • Thoughts about harming self or baby
  • Severe belly pain that doesn’t go away
  • Persistent headache, may worsen over time
  • Severe swelling, redness or pain in leg or arm
  • Vaginal bleeding or discharge after pregnancy
  • Vaginal bleeding or fluid leaking during pregnancy
  • Baby’s movement stopping or slowing during pregnancy

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