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Do pre-existing conditions worsen in pregnancy?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Preparation for a high-risk pregnancy should begin months in advance of stopping contraception.
The best approach is to find out before trying to conceive (ttc) if there are tests to be done or medications to be changed. I advise both partners to make family histories, lists of medications and toxins to which they're exposed, checklists of qs they want to ask and to take them to an mfm specialist.

In brief: Yes
Preparation for a high-risk pregnancy should begin months in advance of stopping contraception.
The best approach is to find out before trying to conceive (ttc) if there are tests to be done or medications to be changed. I advise both partners to make family histories, lists of medications and toxins to which they're exposed, checklists of qs they want to ask and to take them to an mfm specialist.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Patrick Weix
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Anyone with a serious pre-existing condition should make a pre-pregnancy visit with their OB for counseling.
For example, certain blood pressure meds are hazardous in early pregnancy and may need to be changed. Some conditions such as diabetes and anemia can easily get worse or become harder to control. Some auto-immune disease get better (often) during pregnancy but may flare after delivery.

In brief: Yes
Anyone with a serious pre-existing condition should make a pre-pregnancy visit with their OB for counseling.
For example, certain blood pressure meds are hazardous in early pregnancy and may need to be changed. Some conditions such as diabetes and anemia can easily get worse or become harder to control. Some auto-immune disease get better (often) during pregnancy but may flare after delivery.
Dr. Patrick Weix
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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine
In brief: Yes
That is an excellent question.
Some conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may worsen in pregnancy. Other conditions such as multiple sclerosis may improve temporarily in pregnancy. So you would need to speak to your doctor prior to becoming pregnant to discuss a specific medical condition.

In brief: Yes
That is an excellent question.
Some conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may worsen in pregnancy. Other conditions such as multiple sclerosis may improve temporarily in pregnancy. So you would need to speak to your doctor prior to becoming pregnant to discuss a specific medical condition.
Dr. Michael Traub
Dr. Michael Traub
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Dr. Deirdre Lyell
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
It really depends on the condition, and is influenced by whether the condition is active or under control.
Some often worsen (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease) while others may worsen, improve, or remain unchanged (autoimmune disease is one example). Have a consultation with an obstetrician or perinatologist to hear about risks and best-control the condition before getting pregnant.

In brief: Yes
It really depends on the condition, and is influenced by whether the condition is active or under control.
Some often worsen (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease) while others may worsen, improve, or remain unchanged (autoimmune disease is one example). Have a consultation with an obstetrician or perinatologist to hear about risks and best-control the condition before getting pregnant.
Dr. Deirdre Lyell
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Dr. Claire Serrato
Gynecology
In brief: Yes
I beleive everyone should see an obgyn before pregnancy to go over their personal and family history to determine if they are at increased risks and see if any changes in meds or vaccinations or consultations should be obtained before pregancy.

In brief: Yes
I beleive everyone should see an obgyn before pregnancy to go over their personal and family history to determine if they are at increased risks and see if any changes in meds or vaccinations or consultations should be obtained before pregancy.
Dr. Claire Serrato
Dr. Claire Serrato
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
Some do, some don't.
For instance diabetes and high blood pressure generally worsen in pregnancy. However, endometriosis will generally get better.

In brief: Yes
Some do, some don't.
For instance diabetes and high blood pressure generally worsen in pregnancy. However, endometriosis will generally get better.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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