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Undecided about Pregnancy - Chronic Disease

More than 50% of women within their reproductive age have risks that make them more likely to develop a chronic disease. Common chronic diseases may include arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, respiratory illnesses or thyroid conditions.

The leading risk factor for development of chronic diseases is obesity. Obesity can be targeted by disease management, eating nutritious foods and consistent physical activity. Remaining in a healthy weight range will decrease the risk of chronic disease.

Chronic disease reduction is significant for prenatal care. Controlling your chronic disease helps reduce the risk of extra stress on a developing child if you decide you would like to be pregnant in the future. Reducing this stress decreases birth defects and complications. Discuss with your doctor how safe each chronic disease management medication is for pregnancy.

This toolkit is limited to a few common chronic diseases that have a large impact on personal health in both a normal and pregnancy state. This can lead you to primary risk reduction strategies but if you are concerned about a chronic disease you should contact a healthcare provider. There are additional links that can provide you will information on other chronic diseases below.

Page Updated: 8/9/2017