Women's Wellness: Postpartum complications can affect long-term health

Ahhhh, pregnancy. It is a beautiful state: rosy cheeks, a belly everyone wishes to touch, and that inner glow. It’s magical. Of course, there are also the spider veins, stretch marks, swollen feet, joint relaxation and a host of other nonmagical discomforts that sometimes persist, as well. But what many women do not know is that pregnancy also can have long-term health hazards that require careful attention.

Almost two-thirds of women will deliver at least one baby in their lives, and one-third of all pregnancies are affected by a condition associated with lifelong risks. The three most common risky conditions are hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and excessive weight gain.

High blood pressure in pregnancy takes many forms.

Continue reading Women's Wellness: Postpartum complications can affect long-term health at Mayo Clinic.



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