For women who are pregnant, it can be a scary experience.
In addition to trying to stay healthy for the baby, women often try to avoid any health risks right after giving birth.
However, the most common health problem during pregnancy is now linked to other serious issues.
Experts say about 10 percent of all pregnant women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Now, new research shows women diagnosed with gestational diabetes may face an increased risk of heart disease.
The disease is linked to plaque build up in the carotid artery, which can be an early predictor of heart attack and stroke in women.
Also, the risk doesn’t go away after giving birth.