It's important to talk with your OB/GYN and, even more important, your primary care doctor who will care for you for many years to come after you're done having children.
Here are some questions to help start and continue the conversation:
- How can [hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, having a baby early] affect my general heart health?
- I've heard [hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, having a baby early] has been linked to heart problems down the line. What is my personal 10-year risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke? What is my lifetime risk?
- I can't control my pregnancy-related health history, but what things can I do to lower the chances that I will develop heart disease or stroke?
- What are my heart-related numbers? For example, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- What can I do to reduce the chance of having [preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, a preterm birth] in my next pregnancy?
- I know exercise and healthier eating can go a long way to protecting my heart health. Are there resources to help me get started?
- At what point would you suggest that I consult a cardiologist?