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On “The Truth about Trying Tuesday” I want to inform women about the facts and statistics that are out there in an effort to dismiss false beliefs and to put things in perspective.  This week I found statistics on pregnancy from the American Pregnancy Association:

“Pregnancy:

There are approximately 6 million pregnancies every year throughout the United States:

  • 4,058,000 live births
  • 1,995,840 pregnancy losses

Pregnancy Loss:

Every year in the United States there are approximately 2 million women who experience pregnancy loss:

  • 600,000 women experience pregnancy loss through miscarriage
  • 1,200,000 women experience pregnancy loss through termination
  • 64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy
  • 6,000 women experience pregnancy loss through molar pregnancies
  • 26,000 women experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth

Pregnancy Complications:

Every year in the United States:

  • 875,000 woman experience one or more pregnancy complications
  • 458,952 babies are born to mothers without adequate prenatal care
  • 467,201 babies are born prematurely
  • 307,030 babies are born with Low Birth Weight
  • 154,051 children are born with Birth Defects
  • 27,864 infants die before their first birthday

Reproductive Health:

Every year in the United States, there are 60,000,000 women in the childbearing years of 15-44 :

  • 70% of these women are sexually active
  • 64% use a form of contraception
  • 3,000,000 use NO contraception, accounting for 47% of unplanned pregnancies
  • 6,000,000 women deal with infertility
  • 2,000,000 married couples are infertile

Currently there are 68,000,000 individuals with an STD:

  • There are 15,300,000 new STD cases each year
  • 3,000,000 teenagers acquire an STD each year

Pregnancy & Social Concerns:

Every year in the United States:

  • 468,988 babies are born to teenage mothers each year
  • 11% of pregnant woman are diagnosed with Post Partum Depression
  • 820,000 woman smoke cigarettes while pregnant
  • 221,000 women use illicit drugs during pregnancy
  • 757,000 woman drink alcohol while pregnant
  • 240,000 pregnant women are subject to domestic violence
    • 40% of assaults begin during the first pregnancy
    • Pregnant women are twice the risk of battery”

When I look at these statistics I’m shocked by how many pregnancy losses there are each year.  When I experienced miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies I felt so alone and thought for sure it was much more rare.  Even the number of babies that are born but don’t make it to their first birthday (27,864) I’m so surprised.  The numbers seem so high. 

Here they list the number of women who deal with infertility at 6,000,000 where other research suggests it is closer to 7,300,000.  That again is such a high number and actually probably is lower than the actual number.  That is why I think it so valuable to connect with other women who are experiencing the same thing.  We are not alone and I believe that we are more than able to support one another through these tough times.

-Cindy

 

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