‘I don’t know if I’m going to wake up’: Mothers share stories of pregnancy-related complications – CBC

Many women felt instinctively something was wrong but were often told what they were experiencing was normal

Oct 03, 2022

Pregnancy, childbirth and new motherhood are supposed to be joyful times in a woman’s life, but things don’t always go as planned.

Over the course of an investigation into maternal health, CBC interviewed nearly 70 women who either came close to dying or suffered lasting trauma during pregnancy or in the months immediately after.

Many said they felt instinctively that something was wrong, but were told by health-care providers what they were experiencing was a normal part of pregnancy. Sometimes they didn’t seek treatment because they were afraid their symptoms would be dismissed.

Five women chose to share their stories in hopes of encouraging other expectant mothers to advocate strongly for themselves if they think something is wrong.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/mothers-share-pregnancy-complications-1.6602181

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