I’ve been a practicing physician for more than 10 years now, and have unfortunately treated many patients whose stories were just heartbreaking. One patient, however, stands out so indelibly in my mind; her story, so very sad, and so very preventable.

I met Marian, a 33-year-old nurse and wife, one year after the birth of her first child. She had some medical difficulties during her pregnancy, including high blood sugar, which was brought under control with healthy diet and exercise. Personally, things weren’t much better, either. Her husband had lost his job shortly after Marian found out she was pregnant. However, when their healthy baby boy was born via C-section nine months later, everything seemed to be going on a better path for the family.

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