Women with any kind of complications during their pregnancy are eight times more likely to have heart health issues long after their child bearing years are over. The heart disease risk is pronounced for women who have pregnancy related diabetes or pregnancy related high blood pressure. But the risk is also there for women who have babies prematurely or low birth weight babies.
If you had or are having a complicated pregnancy, its up to you to continue to tell your future primary care physicians about you what you went through during pregnancy so that they can be on the lookout for any signs of heart trouble down the line.
You can listen to the whole story from Kaiser Health News on NPR’s Morning Edition on the player below.