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When people think about how pregnancy affects a woman's health, they usually think of common symptoms like nausea or fatigue. But if you have diabetes or other preexisting medical conditions, you may have special health concerns that nonpregnant women do not. For example, in a pregnant woman with diabetes, keeping blood sugar under control is even more important -- both for the safety of the woman and the baby.
 
In addition, pregnancy-related changes in your body can make it harder to diagnose certain conditions, such as breast cancer. That is why good prenatal care is so important. Talk to your healthcare provider so he or she can make recommendations about your unique situation. This will reduce your risk of complications and birth defects.
 
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Medical Conditions and Pregnancy

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