Maternal health

health of women during pregnancy, child birth, and the postpartum period

Maternal health is the health of a woman during pregnancy, childbirth and her postpartum periods. It includes the health care dimensions of family planning, preconception, prenatal and postnatal caring.[1]

The risk of maternal death is higher in some areas, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, than in others. Poverty is a problem in some countries, in particular, the developing countries.

Females living in poverty stricken cities or areas are more likely to be overweight or obese and have unhealthy behaviors like smoking or drug use.[2]

There are a lot of reasons why females choose to not engage in proper prenatal care. Around 71% of low income women, according to a US study, had difficulty having access to prenatal care.

Income is highly associated with prenatal health care.

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  1. "Maternal Health". The World Health Organization. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  2. "Perinatal". The Springer Link. Retrieved June 21, 2014.