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Black Maternal Health Week: Your Heart Matters Too!

Every April 11th-17th marks Black Maternal Health Week, a dedicated time to raise awareness of the significant health disparities Black women face during pregnancy and childbirth. Cardiovascular complications are a leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths among Black women in the United States. Here's why focusing on heart health throughout pregnancy is crucial:

  • Pre-existing conditions: Black women are more likely to have underlying health conditions like high blood pressure, which can worsen during pregnancy and increase risks.

  • Access to care:  Disparities in healthcare access can make it harder for Black women to receive preventative care and manage chronic conditions before and during pregnancy.

Empowering Black Women for Heart-Healthy Pregnancies:

  • Early and consistent prenatal care:  Regular checkups with a doctor familiar with your health history are vital.

  • Open communication: Discuss any concerns or risk factors with your provider to create a personalized care plan.

  • Building a support system: Surround yourself with loved ones and healthcare providers who understand your needs and advocate for your well-being.

Taking care of your heart health before, during, and after pregnancy is vital for all women, but especially for Black women. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your heart health and have a healthy pregnancy.

During Black Maternal Health Week, let's commit to:

  • Raising awareness:  Educate yourself, your family, and your community about the importance of Black maternal health.

  • Advocating for change: Support organizations working to address healthcare disparities and ensure equitable access to quality care for all mothers.

  • Celebrating Black mamas: Recognize the strength and resilience of Black women and their vital role in our communities.

Together, we can make a difference!


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