While you may think that medical issues are your major cause of concern during pregnancy, researchers say otherwise. In fact,...
While you may think that medical issues are your major cause of concern during pregnancy, researchers say otherwise. In fact, pregnant women are more likely to die from murder or suicide than many other common pregnancy-related medical problems. Researchers on this study, which was published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, pulled their data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System, and found that women who are expecting a baby were more likely to die via violence or suicide than they were to die from pregnancy-related bleeding, improper development of the placenta or preeclampsia. That's insane. Worse, the likelihood of death by violence was probably underestimated according to the researchers. While the National Violent Death Reporting System does include all records of violent deaths, pregnancy status of the victim was unknown in many of the cases. Further, specific groups of women are at an even greater risk. For example, the study points out that white or Native American, unmarried and over 40 women were more likely to die by suicide. Older women and much younger women (under 24 years) along with African Americans and unmarried women were at the largest risk for murder. If you're pregnant, here are some facts you need to know: REMEMBER: Any violence is a violation of your rights. No one has the right to abuse you physically or emotionally. Learn more about this issue and where to get help via the links below:
- What is intimate partner violence?
- Some basic facts about domestic violence during pregnancy.
- Is your relationship abusive?
- Common misconceptions about domestic violence and abuse.