Compared to normal-weight (a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9) women, those in other weight categories — both underweight and overweight — had more complications and longer hospitalizations after birth. Severely obese women (a BMI higher than 35) had a three-fold increased risk of hypertension and gestational diabetes compared to normal women, the findings showed. Underweight women (a BMI less than 18.5) had an eight percent increased risk for hospital admission, while overweight (a BMI of 25-29.9), obese (a BMI of 30-35) and severely obese women’s risk grew substantially more — 16 percent, 45 percent, and 88 percent respectively. WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Obama administration warned US federal agencies to prepare for a possible government shutdown that could hobble the US economy, as Congress wrangled over a fast-approaching budget deadline. AFP QINGDAO, China (AP) China’s richest man plans to spend 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the northeastern city of Qingdao.
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Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage
Also, delivery charges had to be paid using our Medisave and cash. Given the increasing average age of pregnant women and higher work and lifestyle stresses, the probability of expectant women having pregnancy-related complications is rising. With calls for citizens to procreate, there should be more protection for expectant mothers. Costs associated with pregnancy, including medical bills, are heavy. MediShield coverage for all pregnancy complications will go a long way towards helping mothers- to-be and their families.
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MediShield should cover pregnancy-related conditions
May we begin, as sisters, brothers, husbands, friends and health care providers, to honor the rite of passage that is pregnancy and childbirth, so that the women of todays world can feel empowered and strong in their role as mother and goddess. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who has discovered her true power and divinity through birthing a child. Strength realized during the birthing process is unparalleled by any other single experience in life. May we hold women up and encourage their self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love by recognizing the change taking place within them as they bring new life into this world. None of us would be here without our mothers. Our moms went through a great shedding of their previous selves in order to agree to our lives existing. For some of them it was a big choice, for others, an act of surrender to what was.
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