Increasing Rates of Chronic Conditions Putting More Moms, Babies at Risk

Increasing Rates of Chronic Conditions Putting More Moms, Babies at Risk

Pregnant women today are more likely to have chronic conditions that could cause life-threatening complications than at any other time in the past decade — particularly poor women and those living in rural communities, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests. Using a national sample of 8.2 million childbirth deliveries over 10 years, researchers analyzed the prevalence of common chronic conditions, including asthma, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and substance-abuse disorders. Although frequency of these conditions increased over time among every socio-economic group studied, the largest spikes occurred among women from rural and low-income communities and among patients with deliveries funded by...

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