If you have been pregnant and had complications during your pregnancy you should be aware that these could be indicators that you may have future upcoming health conditions. These conditions can especially occur if you have only been pregnant once and it was a single pregnancy.
Some of the complications that could be indicators of future health conditions include:
• Gestational Diabetes
• Premature Labor
• Baby with Low Birth Weight
What health conditions could these conditions signal?
• Type 2 Diabetes
• High Blood Pressure
• Heart Disease
Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops when you are pregnant. If this occurs during pregnancy you are fifty percent more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes later on in life.
If you suffer from Gestational Diabetes it is recommended that you be tested for Type 2 Diabetes 6 to 8 weeks after delivery to make sure that it hasn’t reoccurred. You should also be tested at least yearly from then on, as well as watch your diet and make sure you get your plenty of exercise.
Preeclampsia can occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It can cause swelling of fluid, protein in your urine and a rise in your blood pressure. This condition can be serious. Medication can sometimes help. Yet, other times early labor is advised. If you have this condition during pregnancy you can later be at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. For this reason, you need to watch your blood pressure, have your cholesterol tested, watch what you eat and try to exercise. Anything that you can do to help reduce your heart risk should be done while you can before anything develops
Premature labor is any labor that occurs before 37 weeks. Doctors do not why but premature labor seems to put many women at risk of developing heart disease later in life. For this reason, you should monitor such things as your: blood pressure, cholesterol, watch what your eat and make sure you exercise. You should also make sure that your doctor knows that you are at risk.
A low birth weight baby is any baby who is born under five ½ pounds. If you have an under weight baby you are more at risk of developing heart disease. Again, you should monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, watch what you eat and make sure you get plenty of exercise
Research has also found that your mother’s pregnancy when she had you is also an indicator of what future health conditions you may have. For instance, if your mother had gestational diabetes while carrying you, you are at more risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
The bottom line is to try to stay healthy, monitor your cholesterol, your blood pressure, eat healthy and exercise.