1 in 10 Pregnant Women Die From Preventable Disease

woman getting flu shotPregnancy changes everything from your cravings to your belly, but while most of the changes that occur are perfectly normal, the sad fact remains: about 650 women in the United States die each year from pregnancy and delivery complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a new study coming out of the United Kingdom shows that nearly one in 10 pregnancy deaths is caused by a common ailment: the flu.

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The study compiled data from 2009 to 2012 and found that dozens of women who had elected not to receive a free vaccine ultimately died after they contracted the virus.

More from The Stir: What You Need to Know About Pregnancy & the Flu Shot

The pros and cons of a flu shot have been debated over the years. And flu shots and pregnancy? That's a whole other story.

Some doctors have recommended skipping the shot during the first trimester. Others deem it to be safe. The CDC recommends the shot for every woman who's pregnant during flu season, and they say it's "been given safely to millions of pregnant women over many years."

Pregnancy causes extra strain on the heart and lungs -- two of the most vulnerable areas for the flu. And with a greatly weakened immune system, pregnant women also face greater risks. From stillbirth to premature birth (and even low birth weight), the flu can drastically affect the developing fetus.

The best plan is to always consult with your doctor, but this study is sure to play a role in the decision you make.

Did you receive the flu vaccine while pregnant?


 

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