On its face, Joseph’s prenatal and postpartum clinic might not seem unusual. But when you look into her statistics, you find something quite rare: Almost all of her patients give birth to healthy, full-term babies. Again, maybe not surprising until you learn that the majority of them are low-income African-Americans, Haitians and Latinas.
African-American women in the United States are four times more likely than their white counterparts to die during pregnancy or childbirth. Their infants are also twice as likely to die in their first year as white infants, and two to three times more likely to be born premature or underweight — a sign of insufficient development that can lead to a lifetime of health difficulties. Native Americans also suffer from higher rates of these problems than whites, as do some groups of Latinas.
The transition from being an innocent, hopeful and glowing pregnant woman to one that’s stamped “high-risk” is not an easy one. Sometimes something urgent and scary happens that immediately flips that coin and other times the change is like a slow-moving car driving towards a new state line. Regardless of how quickly the new reality emerges, women in this uncharted territory have an added and unwelcome layer of stress, worry and decision-making. Giving birth in general requires us to step into the unknown, but being high-risk means we take that step with a little or a lot of extra weight strapped to us.
(click link above to read this great post on brandyferner.com)
“…physical activity in pregnancy is safe and desirable, and pregnant women should be encouraged to continue or to initiate safe physical activities.” — ACOG Committee Opinion, Physical Activity and Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
GREAT info on how to prevent and relieve Symphsysis Pubis Dysfunction. (click link to read)
Why does it hurt to roll over in bed?
Why does my pelvis feel like it’s on fire when I’m trying to put on pants?
Why does every.single.step I take HURT?!
A lot of pregnant women are afraid their pelvis is going to split in half during labor. For most women, this is just a laughable, irrational thought. But for some women, it’s a real possibility! Symphsysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) is a serious, and I would hazard to say grossly under-diagnosed and under-reported, issue. We’ll start with the basics, then move on to solutions. If you’ve wondered any of the above, it’s possible you might be dealing with SPD. If you’re here because you know you have SPD and don’t need the background, feel free to jump right down for SPD solutions.