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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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High Cholesterol During Pregnancy

How having high cholesterol during pregnancy can affect you and baby -- and what you can do about it.

What’s the best way to treat high cholesterol during pregnancy

During pregnancy your doctor probably won’t prescribe medication to lower your cholesterol, but if your stay high post-baby, you may be given medication and be told to follow a heart-smart diet (low in saturated fat, high in fiber and including plenty of fruits and vegetables).

What can I do to prevent high cholesterol?

A healthy pregnancy will help keep your cholesterol levels in check: Eat balanced meals with plenty of fruits and veggies, avoid fried and high-fat foods, and exercise if your doctor gives you the okay.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have high cholesterol?

“[During pregnancy] I stopped eating egg and cheese (almost completely). I started to eat oatmeal a few times a week and took fish oil. My cholesterol dropped to 200 without medications.”

“Before getting pregnant, I took fish oil daily, which can help. Since my prenatals have DHA, I stopped taking fish oil, since they have similar ingredients. I think diets high in whole grains are good as well.”

“I have high cholesterol. I was on Simvastatin, and my doctor told me that if I ever planned on becoming pregnant to quit taking it and then let them know. I actually quit taking it when we started TTC. The doctor’s office told me to just call them back after I’m done breastfeeding to get a new prescription.”

Are there any other resources for high cholesterol?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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-- Christian Hoffman, MD, medical director and chair of the department of obstetrics/gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, New Jersey

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