Will High Cholesterol Affect Pregnancy?

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Typically, it starts decreasing naturally about 4 weeks after the day of delivery. And fortunately, exclusive breastfeeding after giving birth can restore your cholesterol faster, according to some studies. Breastfeeding may also help lose your weight after baby more quickly.

What you should do during pregnancy?

Though increased cholesterol is very common in many pregnant women, but you may worry that it will go too high (higher than expected) which then eventually may harm you and your baby.

As long as you follow all directions from your doctor, there should be nothing to worry about.

The following are some helpful tips you should try to keep your elevated cholesterol on the right track:

  1. Avoid stress! Stress is bad for your pregnancy since it can contribute your LDL to increase higher than expected. Furthermore, it is also bad for other basic functions of your body such as to get plenty of sleep a day (see also the role of stress in affecting your sleep patterns in here), your blood flow (stress can affect your blood pressure), and for your weight control (you can gain weight too much during pregnancy if you cannot cope with your stress). Therefore, it is good idea to gather and make a list of anything that can help reduce and control your stress.
  2. Eating right – sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? How to do it? Generally, extremely cutting cholesterol foods from your diet is not recommended, but you should be moderate on your saturated fat and cholesterol intake, eat more whole grains, and get plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits. Focus to any helpful thing that you can add into your diet – for instance you can choose low-fat /free-fat yogurt instead of ice cream. Nuts are also good idea; choose them for one of your healthy snack options.
  3. How about sea foods? If you like them, you should avoid them temporarily during your pregnancy, because sea foods may contain mercury that can harm your baby.
  4. How about garlic? It causes only moderate effect on the level of your cholesterol, according to some studies. Therefore, you can eat it in moderation when pregnant. But as you close to the day of your due date (delivery), you should decrease your garlic intake. Even some experts recommend avoiding garlic (at medicinal levels) for at least 7 days before surgery.
  5. And do your exercise moderately! Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can skip your exercise. Instead, moderately exercise can improve the entire health of mom and helpful to prevent too much elevated cholesterol during pregnancy.

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