Your Baby Can Make You Really Sick

new moms stroke riskSometimes we need a reminder that growing another human being inside of your body, giving birth, then taking care of said baby is actually pretty hard on a mom's body. A new study showing that more pregnant women and moms to young babies are having strokes is a sad way to hammer that point home. In fact, in the past decade, there has been an astonishing 54 percent jump in the number of moms having strokes during and right after pregnancy. Yikes!

This is scary stuff. We think the days of women dying due to pregnancy and childbirth are over, but high rates of strokes are a frightening way to remember that this baby growing business is serious, ladies.

So what can you do to make sure this doesn't happen to you?


Take care of yourself, mama! The study shows that a woman who begins pregnancy with diabetes or high blood pressure doubles her chances of having a stroke during or right after pregnancy. The reason these numbers are going up is that more women are obese and suffering the side effects.

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Between the insane amount of blood pumping through your body, the hormones that are haywire, your bones that are loosening, skin that's stretching -- your body's balance is knocked out all in service to that little bundle you're creating. That's not great for your health and, as this study shows, deadly consequences can occur. Add on diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and you could be in serious trouble.

If you have health problems, and you're trying to get pregnant, talk to your doctor first. There are things you can do before you get pregnant to help make sure you have a healthy baby and mom when all is said and done. Also (obviously) don't smoke, and take care of yourself as you would the baby you're carrying. I know, easier said than done. But a healthy mom is absolutely crucial to taking care of a new baby.

We could all use a knock in the head to remind us to take care of ourselves, but this study should serve as a good firm rattle that our lack of care can cause permanent damage.

Does this make you want to take better care of yourself?


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