The World Health Organization in 2005 stated in accordance with childbirth that “every minute one woman dies from the complications linked to pregnancy and childbirth.” How incredible!
Pregnancy and childbirth are viewed as particularly natural, normal and essentially trouble-free occasions, in American society. American women do not die unnecessarily from infections or the complications of infection that plague third world countries. In that regard, American women own it pretty good.
But, American women die in appalling numbers from murder at the hands of the spouses and/or significant others. American women die in childbirth in the act of having a baby and in the postpartum phase from heart related disorders, such as postpartum idiopathic cardiomyopathy, as well as other factors!
I propose seeing the fetus that a woman carries to fruition as a parasite. Because regardless of’Johnson & Johnson’commercials, the baby showers, the cute little clothes, and the glamourization of childbirth (and rightfully so) the fetus is really a parasite upon the woman’s body! And although we have the accoutrements for childbirth, they need to be, WE have to be in prime condition to ensure that things to go well or at the least as expected.
As well with this particular parasitic relationship, the woman becomes much more vulnerable as she carries a baby she needs to guard or seeks to protect. The person or significant other soon realizes the vulnerability of a pregnant woman! Some men act with this knowledge and exert control, become jealous, yet many do not, and welcome the opportunity to act being an expectant parent.
Usually, women enter into pregnancy being unsure of at first they are pregnant. I’m conscious of the in the home pregnancy tests حوامل. Yet, pregnancy still comes as a surprise to several women. Unless a female aggressively and vigorously prepares her body for the demands of childbirth (and these demands are real and dangerous) she is establishing her body to fail’her.’ NOT the fetus, necessarily, but the woman herself is put behind the eightball and essentially her body struggles to meet up with the increasing demands placed upon it.
WHY? As the fetus, that delightful little parasite will literally take whatever it requires from the mother to survive. The fetus will need nutrients from wherever in order to survive. If a female becomes pregnant, yet she is malnourished, and by malnourished I am talking about exactly how we as Americans normally eat; away from home, definitely not three nutritious meals a day, no vitamins or supplements, etc., and so forth, the woman has nutritionally compromised herself.
By enough time she discovers she is pregnant, the fetus is ahead in pilfering nutrients from the mother body, thus evoking the mother’s body to work harder and her heart to work harder, as well as her other organs, to meet the needs of not only the host (Mommy) but the baby (parasite!)
With the increase in blood volume as a result of creating a person, the mother’s heart attempts, for probably the most part successfully, to operate with this particular increased volume. Once the heart gets’stretched’to the level whereby it loses it functional ability, that is called idiopathic cardiomyopathy or cardiomyopathy.
As a cardiothoracic RN, I’ve witnessed women who’ve delivered in the OR and then required a center transplant immediately after! I also have witnessed women who because of the nature of pregnancy and their assumption that pregnancy is so’natural’a state of affairs for girls, ignore or even their OB-GYN doctor may ignore their constant complaints and presenting symptoms! I’ve witnessed these sets of events resulting in the deaths of young AMERICAN women!
All of this is to state that women should be in their utmost optimal health before attempting pregnancy. Women of childbearing age should especially be aware of the necessity for nutrition, vitamin supplementation always, as well as being conscious of when they first become pregnant.
When a female learns that she is pregnant it is very important to fortify yourself first and then a baby. It is the exact same rationale as when on a plane and the oxygen mask falls down, wear yours first and then a child. If you do not, you die or become compromised and therefore cannot help anyone!