Chubby cheeks and soft skin. Who doesn’t love a baby? But don’t take those little bundles of joy for granted. About a third of pregnancies in the U.S. are lost – either to abortions, miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. Mississippians have the highest rate of infant death in the States, and Utah can be proud that they have the lowest. Think your baby is safe because she’ll be born in the states? Think again. Among developed nations, we rank 31st, below South Korea, Poland and Slovakia when it comes to the infant death rate. While pregnant, a woman’s body is out of her control: more than half of women suffer from morning sickness and 11% of mothers suffer from postpartum depression. Pregnant women can increase their babies’ chances of health at delivery by not smoking and drinking and by being careful about what they consume and inhale.
Now assume a pregnant woman has a live birth; that’s no stroller in the park either – 1 in 8 babies are born premature and 3% are born with birth defects, including spina bifida, limb deformity and cleft palate. If you were lucky enough to have an easy pregnancy, birth and delivery you may still be burdened with hard decisions when it comes to baby’s upbringing. An increasing number of women are breastfeeding, about 76.9% of women breastfed their babies in 2009. And what is it that babies do all day? Eat, sleep, and that’s right, Americans use 27 billion disposable diapers every year.
Check out the infographic below presented by InsuranceQuotes to learn more about pregnancy in the United States.