A pregnancy is defined as the time between conception and birth and usually lasts 40 weeks. Nationwide pregnancy numbers and rates are difficult to survey because they also include abortions and miscarriages as pregnancy outcomes. However, in 2019 the number of live births in the United States was around 3.75 million. The birth rate in the United States has been steadily decreasing over the past few decades as younger people now have fewer children than the previous generations and some decide not to have children at all. Some of the leading reasons for having difficulty getting pregnant among those who had difficulty conceiving include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) (female factor), low sperm production (male factor), and endometriosis (female factor).
Despite advances in medicine and technology, maternal mortality remains a problem in the United States, with the U.S. reporting one of the highest maternal mortality rates among all developed countries worldwide. Around 38 percent of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. occur during pregnancy with the leading causes of such deaths including hemorrhage, cardiovascular and coronary conditions, cardiomyopathy, and infection. Sadly, pregnancy-associated deaths are much more common among minorities and a majority of deaths are preventable.
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