The death rate among women who died in labor in Limpopo has shown a decrease of 23 with 215 women having died in 2014 compared to 192 in 2015.
The death of one mother is one too many, this number is very alarming. This is not good for society as mothers to infants are buried every weekend. It has been reported that of the five districts in the province, Mopani is the main concern as the death rate is the most alarming in the Tzaneen area.
The biggest challenge is that women do not take pregnancy seriously. A large percentage of women go through their pregnancies without any professional medical advice or assistance. They do not take care of themselves or their unborn babies in a manner that they should instead they go through this important stage of their lives as it was an everyday situation.
Women are encouraged to go for check-up during their pregnancies to prevent complications that could end i death. Nurses at local clinics urge women to go for TB and HIV tests, and all babies born to HIV-positive mothers must be tested for HIV. During pregnancy all women with HIV are advised to take a combination of ARVs regimes using 3 HIV drugs. Studies show that women who use HIV medications in the early stages of the pregnancy are more likely to have a low amount of virus in the body by the time of delivery.
Women are important in the up bringing of children. Thy are like water and oxygen, without them there is no human life. Therefore it is highly important that men should not neglect their power to support and encourage their spouse to do things by the book, and be with them every step of the way on this important journey.
It is up to the parents to be to be cautious and have some control over some factors that might cause complications.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY:
- Don’t drink alcohol
- Do not smoke or be around people who do, passive smoking is also deadly.
- Do not take illegal drugs or any prescribed medication.
- Avoid aspirin and caffeine.
- Avoid fish
- You should avoid drinking tap water, if you cant afford buying still water rather boil your tap water and let it cool off before drinking.
- Avoid stress as much as possible
- Don’t take long hot baths
- Avoid toxic household chemicals, especially those used in the garden.
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO DURING PREGNANCY
- Get regular medical exams
- Check you immunity to German Measles, as it can lead to miscarriage
- Eat plenty of protein and take prenatal vitamins
- Get a daily recommended daily allowance for folic acids