Pregnancy and Maternal Health Resources and Tools

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal death in the U.S., or more simply put, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of new moms.

It can pose a threat to women’s heart health during pregnancy and later in life, making it important that women understand how to care for themselves and their baby. Different women experience different risk factors for pregnancy related cardiovascular disease.

Downloadable Resources

Keeping Moms Healthy Fact Sheets

A healthy pregnancy is best for both mom and baby. Pregnancy and childbirth can put a woman’s health at risk, but many pregnancy-associated deaths can be avoided.

Keeping Moms Healthy English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

Maternal Health Fact Sheets

Women of color experience unique risk factors that can impact their maternal heart health. The American Heart Association and Go Red for Women are fighting back by increasing awareness, advancing research, driving policy change, and improving clinical care.

Maternal Death in the U.S. Fact Sheets

Cardiovascular conditions are the leading cause of death during and shortly after pregnancy. Almost two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented, experts say.

Maternal Death In The U.S. (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

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The Support Network: We're Here for You

Day or night, we're here to moms-to-be, new moms or veteran moms dealing with a heart condition or stroke. We’ve created the Support Network Maternal Health Forum for you: ask questions, get support and share your journey with women who've been there.

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Share Your Experience with Us

Help us better understand the impact pregnancy has on a woman’s health – and heart – by taking the newest survey from Research Goes Red. Whether you are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant or have already had children, we would like to hear from you. Join Research Goes Red today and take the new Reproductive Health Survey.