‘We have a lot of people that are concerned’ over hot pregnant women
There are a lot more pregnant women than you might think in the U.S.A. and around the world, but many believe there are other reasons why pregnant women are getting pregnant and why that might be impacting their health.
In this series, ESPN Health reporter Jessica Rodriguez explores why pregnant and breastfeeding women have more health issues than people may think.
“If you were pregnant and you were breastfeeding and you had a bad infection, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Dr. Linda McElroy, an OB/GYN and clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania told ESPN.
McElroy said while the number of infections and complications during pregnancy are higher than those in breastfeeding, many pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers don’t feel like their health is being seriously affected.
“It’s so hard to explain it,” she said.
“It’s like I’ve been pregnant a little bit, and I think I’m having a little more stress.”
McElroys doctor is also concerned about the high rates of preterm birth in the United States, which is often linked to the higher number of preemies in the nation.
She said the country is doing a lot to prevent preterm births and that the government is looking at measures to prevent this.
“I think that there are things that we can do to reduce that,” McElrory said.
McEls medical director, Dr. Richard O’Malley, told ESPN that the CDC is actively working to educate the public about the health of pregnant women, as well as breastfeeding.
McElvaney said she’s not surprised by the higher numbers of pre-term births.
“A lot of women don’t know what to expect, or what their options are,” McElvaneys doctor said.
“When you’re pregnant, you are carrying around a lot.
That’s going on in your body, it’s affecting your brain.
It’s affecting the immune system.
And it’s impacting your kidneys, which are the organs of the digestive system that are responsible for absorbing food.
So you’re carrying around all these different parts that are important to your body.””
If people are going to get pregnant, they should have their own health and they should be educated about that.”
McEltay said the numbers are a reflection of a lack of education.
“The statistics that we see are just really alarming, and so people have no idea what they’re getting into,” McErlaney said.