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Very High Cholesterol Level During Pregnancy!

Just like Gestational diabetes and pregnancy Induced Hypertension some women get extremely high blood cholesterol levels during pregnancy.

  Pregnancy causes a lot of reversibles physiological and pathological changes in a woman’s body which 

  can sometimes harm the baby, if left unchecked. Some of the commonly seen pathological phenomena

  are:

  1- gestational diabetes

  2- Pregnancy induced hypertension and

  3- urinary tract infection

  4- Very high blood cholesterol levels 

 Just like Gestational diabetes and pregnancy Induced Hypertension some women get extremely high

  blood cholesterol levels during pregnancy. 

  Though the first three conditions mentioned need to be supervised very closely as they can affect the 

  baby or mother in many different ways such as by causing premature rupture of membranes (with UTI),

  low birth weight, still birth, pre eclampsia (With pregnancy induced hypertension ) and high birth weight

  or premature birth with gestational diabetes. 

  As compared to the above pathological changes very high cholesterol levels during pregnancy are not

  seen to pose any risks to the mother or baby. Women having already highy cholesterol levels before 

  pregnancy and seen differently as compared to those who attained very high levels during pregnancy.

  This is so because pregnancy induced high cholesterol levels are reversible and most of the times 

  return to pre pregnancy levels just a few months after delivery whereas pre-pregnaancy abnormal lipid

  levels remain the same after delivery and thus can cause vascular problems anytime in life. 

  MAXIMUM CHOLESTEROL LEVEL INDUCED BY PREGNANCY:

  Normal cholesterol levels in any individual is below 200 mg/dl.Pregnancy inducesd high cholesterol

  levels may vary from slightly increased to very high levels of 300 mg/dl during pregnancy. Though the 

  level of cholesterol reaching 240mg/dl in a non pregnanct individual poses risk of developing artery

  buildup (atheroschlerosis) but there is no such risk by pregnancy induced hypercholesterolemia. This

  might be because, not only the bad cholesterol ( LDL which causes arterial blockage) level increases

  but the good cholesterol ( HDL which prevents arterial blockage) level increases too.

                                                  

  CAUSE OF EXTREMELY HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS DURING PREGNANCY:

  Estrogen and Progesterone are two very essential hormones in a woman’s body which normally regulate

  the menstrual cycle an also are very important for a viable pregnancy. Very high levels of these two 

  hormones trigger the liver to produce very high cholesterol levels during pregnancy.

            

   DOES CHOLESTEROL LEVEL RISE IN EVERY PREGNANT WOMAN?

    Cholesterol levels, just like other pregnancy induced pathological processes, do not necessarily

  increase in every woman. In some, the liver is highly responsive to increased levels of pregnancy

  hormones causing raised blood cholesterol levels whereas in others the it is not. 

                  

  WHEN DOES THE PREGNANCY INDUCED HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVEL RETURN TO NORMAL?

  High cholesterol levels that purely occured during pregnancy usually return to normal within 1-6 month

  time with an early return in those who breast feed their babies. This quick return during breast feeding 

  is because breast feeding inhibits estrogen.

  MEDICATION FOR PREGNANCY INDUCED HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIS:

  As there are no health hazards of such rise in cholesterol levels, no medication is required for

  hypercholesterolemis induced by pregnancy hormones.

  Thus there is nothing to worry about if you get very high cholesterol levels during pregnancy.

  Hope this article was helpful.

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  1. explained well

  2. Much appreciated shared information. This is a great article, well researched and presented. Thanks. I’m so glad I went through my pregnancy very well when I was 35. Women have to stop thinking that cravings for awful food combinations. I does seem that after high cholesterol, comes the diabetes. Thanks for the share. :)

  3. brilliant share thanks: elee

  4. very useful share

  5. Good onformational share thanks

  6. great article,
    Thanks for the share ;)

  7. Very informative and well written too. Thank you.

  8. very informative article and well written. thanks!

  9. Drabiakhan, In particular, I like your explaining — in pictures and words — the cellular entries of bad LDL and good HDL cholesterol as well as the liver’s unpredictable reaction to generally high cholesterol-friendly estrogen and progesterone. Also, I like the timeline and (non) treatment info which you include.
    Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu

  10. Thanku so very much for the read and appreciation.

  11. thankx fr ds information

  12. absolutely great ………

  13. Well, you kept me reading till the last dot. Great share.

  14. Thanks for liking waflay :)

  15. Excellent post.

  16. Well written – thank you. And thank you for your support.

  17. Pregnancy is an amazing state. Thank you for the health report.

  18. Thanks rabia for this very important topic to share with us very helpful.Great job

  19. great presentation :D

  20. Good information.

  21. Excellent, meaningful article.

  22. Important information.

  23. Very informative doctor. A good discussion, as well.

  24. A must read esp for pregnant women Dra. Packed of facts as well

  25. i am obliged that so many of my friends took the time out read this article. thanks for the comments too.

  26. like this :D

  27. Important information.

  28. Like for share information

  29. Very good information! =)

  30. excellent presentation. thanks for the information and explanatory images.

  31. xcellent share. thanks.

  32. Very good share. Every pregnant woman needs to read this.

  33. This is a great article, well researched and presented. Thanks. I’m so glad I went through my pregnancy very well when I was 23.

  34. triond walking… hehe nice to share. thanks.

  35. Good share.

  36. Wow that is so true i think its easy to get caught up in just eating everything and blaming it on the pregnancy too

  37. Just goes to show that high cholesterol is very dangers to one and all. Your presentation is excellent and once again this is very informative…

  38. Nice share!

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