Three-time Olympic medalist Tori Bowie, eight months pregnant, died from pregnancy-related complications, drawing attention to the maternal mortality crisis in the U.S.

Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are higher than in any other developed nation, with greater risks for women of color.

Eclampsia, characterized by seizures during pregnancy, is a serious complication often associated with preeclampsia (high blood pressure and protein in urine).

Identifiable risk factors for preeclampsia include high blood pressure, diabetes, and previous occurrences, but some cases, like Tori Bowie's, have no identifiable risk factors.

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of maternal deaths, and pregnancy puts women at higher risk.

Postpartum hemorrhage, severe vaginal bleeding after childbirth, can be life-threatening and can occur regardless of prior risk factors.

Racial disparities exist in maternal mortality rates, with higher rates among Black women compared to White women.

Addressing the maternal mortality crisis requires increased awareness, comprehensive healthcare access, and personalized care plans.

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