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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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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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HSFSA nutrition in pregnancy guidelines

It is very important that you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes adequate amounts of nutritious foods and regular exercise, especially during pregnancy. The maternal diet should include enough energy and nutrients to provide for the growth and development of the unborn baby as well as to ensure health and intelligence in the child later in life.

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – why your weight matters during pregnancy and aft

Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and deliver healthy babies. However being overweight does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. This information is about the extra care you will be offered during your pregnancy and how you can minimise the risks to you and your baby in this pregnancy, and in a future pregnancy. Your healthcare professionals will not judge you for being overweight and will give you all the support that you need.

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