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Mayo Clinic - Heart conditions and pregnancy - know the risks

Pregnancy stresses your heart and circulatory system, but many women who have heart conditions deliver healthy babies. Know the risks – and how to help prevent complications.

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World Heart Federation – Cardiovascular disease risk factors

There are many risk factors associated with coronary heart disease and stroke. The major risk factors, tobacco use, alcohol use, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, have a high prevalence across the world.

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Mayo Clinic – High blood pressure and pregnancy: know the facts

High blood pressure and pregnancy isn’t necessarily a dangerous combination. Here’s what you need to know to take care of yourself — and your baby.

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WHO – Question and answer: What can I do to avoid a heart attack or a stroke?

What can I do to avoid a heart attack or a stroke?

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NIH – National Heart Lung Blood Institute – High blood pressure in pregnancy

Information for patients on high blood pressure.

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Mayo Clinic – Definition of preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman who previously had normal blood pressure.

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Mayo Clinic - Causes of gestational diabetes

Researchers don’t yet know exactly why some women develop gestational diabetes. To understand how gestational diabetes occurs, it can help to understand how pregnancy affects your body’s normal processing of glucose.

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Mayo Clinic - Risk factors of gestational diabetes

Any woman can develop gestational diabetes, but some women are at greater risk.

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Mayo Clinic - Definition of gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health.

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Mayo Clinic - Complications of gestational diabetes

Most women who have gestational diabetes deliver healthy babies. However, gestational diabetes that’s not carefully managed can lead to uncontrolled blood sugar levels and cause problems for you and your baby, including an increased likelihood of needing delivery by C-section.

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