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Are endocrine system diseases a common complication of pregnancy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some endocrine system diseases, like gestational diabetes, are a fairly common complication of pregnancy. On the other hand, some are rare in developed countries but common in the Third World. An example of this is Sheehan's syndrome, which occurs when excessive blood loss during delivery damages the pituitary gland.. Family history of endocrine system diseases can increase your risk of developing them as a complication of pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.

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