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Table 3 Women’s awareness of obstetric danger signs during pregnancy, birth and postpartum

From: Birth preparedness and complication readiness among pregnant women admitted in a rural hospital in Rwanda

Obstetric danger signs Awareness
Pregnancy Labor/Childbirth Postpartum
  n % n % n %
Vaginal bleeding 214 61.1 256 73.1 203 58.0
Fits of pregnancy 15 4.3 11 3.1 2 0.6
Swelling of face/lower limbs 52 14.9    98 28.0
High grade fever 20 5.7 13 3.7 18 5.1
Loss of consciousness 41 11.7 3 0.9 29 8.3
Severe headache 39 11.1 19 5.4 67 19.1
Dizziness/blurred vision 31 8.9    22 6.3
Severe abdominal pain 50 14.3    46 13.1
Baby does not move 22 6.3     
Difficulty in breathing 14 4.0    9 2.6
Severe weakness 67 19.1    41 11.7
Water breaks without labor 88 25.1     
Prolonged labor    48 13.7   
Retained placenta    125 35.7   
Foul smelling vaginal discharge      30 8.6
Do not know any of the above 54 15.4 79 22.6 62 17.7