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Hormonal changes in pregnancy
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Hormonal changes in pregnancy

Among some of the changes that occur in the endocrine system in pregnancy is the increase in the hormone hCG, which leads to an increase in estrogen and, especially, progesterone. Subsequently, the placenta will acquire an important hormone-producing function.

On the other hand, the cells that produce the hormone prolactin grow in size and number, which causes the pituitary gland to increase in size. This hormone increases to prepare the woman for lactation.

In addition, certain diabetogenic hormones increase and there is a greater resistance to insulin, which can lead to the appearance of gestational diabetes.

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Last Update: 06/12/2024