Doctor looks for solutions as maternal health crisis worsens in the US

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Iaishia Smith said she did not know what to expect during her first pregnancy three years ago. Smith said she had extreme thirst, extreme fatigue and swollen feet, all conditions she said she discussed with her doctor.

“Those things were dismissed as just normal pregnancy things and as you know, a new mom, I didn’t know what more to do,” Smith, now 38, told “Good Morning America.” “So I just said, ‘OK, this must be normal.'”

Smith said she also didn’t know what to do when she did not hear back about the results of her gestational diabetes test in her second trimester, telling “GMA,” she thought “no news is good news” and carried on with her pregnancy.

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