What could kill you during pregnancy?

Expectant mothers queue for antenatal care at Mulago Hospital. It is critical for pregnant women to seek regular medical attention. Photo by Eric Dominic Bukeny

One of the most amazing miracles is the miracle of bringing a new life into the world. From the moment a woman discovers that she is carrying a life inside her, their life changes forever; they are smitten, consumed by the baby. For the urban woman, reading material is devoured, counsel sought, incredible amount of time spent on shopping for the baby in preparation for a new life.
No woman ever wants to believe that this magic promise could be the cause of their own death. Yet, there are many things that could kill an expecting woman; from intensifying of pre-existing conditions, difficulties during delivery to something as normal as morning sickness. So what is most likely to kill an expecting mother?

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