Pregnant with Chronic Health Issues at Greater Risk
Your Health Minute
An increase in chronic illness among young women is putting more mothers and babies at risk.
A new study reveals 10 percent of pregnant women in 2014 had at least one chronic condition like asthma , diabetes or a substance abuse disorder.
That’s an increase of nearly 40 percent from 2006.
The largest spikes were among women from rural and low income areas.
Experts say these pre-existing conditions increase the risk of maternal death, pre-term delivery and still births.