Research shows women still facing complications during pregnancy

When a woman starts to show pregnancy signs, it's common for the mom-to-be to become filled with joy and excitement. However, not all women have the same outlook on pregnancy once the news is confirmed, and those living in developing countries have more of reasons to be anxious. New research conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that females who are caring for unborn children in underdeveloped nations are more likely to endure complications before and after delivery.

Specifically, the institute revealed that in 2012, approximately 55 million women around the world did not receive the minimum four antenatal sessions, which are recommended by the World Health Organization. About 44 million women also had to give birth in areas other than healthcare facilities staffed with skilled medical experts. 

"The tremendous gains that would result from providing quality pregnancy and delivery services to all women and families would far outweigh the cost of providing these services to all who need them," Jacqueline Darroch, the study's co-author, told The Guardian.

About 287,000 women around the globe die from pregnancy-related complications. This research stresses the importance for more care during pregnancy to ensure fetal development, as well as the health of the mother-to-be.

Caring for yourself and your unborn child
If this is going to be your first pregnancy, you might not be up to speed on how to care for your own well-being and your baby. However, there are plenty of resources and medical experts who can provide you with the information you need along the way.

In addition to avoiding alcohol, Discovery Health claims that it's a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day and trying to eat between five and six small meals. This can ensure that you're never hungry and keep your unborn baby well-fed throughout your nine months.

Another easy way that you can maintain the health of your child and stay safe while pregnant is to avoid toxic chemicals, according to The Huffington Post. This means keeping away from areas that may have pesticides and not using household cleaners that could potentially contain poisonous chemicals.

If you want to find out more about staying healthy while pregnant, talk to your primary care physician about the upcoming nine months and any precautionary measures you should take.

Do you know which environmental factors could harm your baby? Are you aware of which toxins to avoid while pregnant? Leave your feedback in the comments section!