Expecting a baby can make you more prone to some diseasesbut it can protect you from others.
More common: Diabetes Gestational diabetes affects about 5% of pregnancies.
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More common: Urinary tract infections
You’re at greater risk of developing them from weeks 6 through 24.
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More common: Yeast infections
These are more common during pregnancy, especially the second trimester, than at any other time in your life
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More common: Gallstones
Higher estrogen levels during those nine months appear to increase cholesterol levels in the digestive fluid known as bile, which can lead to gallstones.
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More common: Deep-vein thrombosis
The risk of developing a blood clot in a vein deep in the body is higher during pregnancy and for six weeks after delivery, because of the changes in blood and blood vessels that happen when you’re pregnant.
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Less common: Ulcers
Surprisingly to anyone who’s had terrible heartburn while pregnant, your stomach produces less acid during gestation, making ulcers less common
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Less common: Pelvic inflammatory disease
The risk of this infection of the reproductive organs decreases once the mucous plug has sealed the cervix, about halfway through the first trimester.
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