Your body will go through a variety of changes during the course of your pregnancy and your heart and circulatory system are no exception.
Blood levels can grow by up to 50% to support your developing baby, your heart rate may increase and your blood pressure will differ at various stages.
These changes can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms that can be very worrying for mums-to-be. And while these are usually very common, in some cases they may signal the presence of an underlying condition.
If you’ve noticed any dramatic changes in your heart rate, have persistently high blood pressure or are experiencing palpitations – you should speak to a doctor.
Our GPs can discuss your symptoms and if needed, refer you for further testing or treatment.
Pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on your body. Hormone levels rise and your muscles relax to gear up for childbirth. Your heart and circulatory system go into overdrive to care for your growing baby, with blood levels, blood pressure and your heart rate all going through changes.
Because of the stress it goes through, your heart may experience abnormalities, with heart palpitations affecting many women during the course of their maternity.
It’s common to feel light-headed and unsteady, and these issues can be made worse by anxiety or stress, having too much caffeine or as a side effect of cold and allergy medication.
If you’ve got an underlying heart condition, or it’s not your first pregnancy – you should have already spoken to a doctor or midwife about this.
It’s well worth getting heart issues like palpitations checked out, but if they’re not causing severe problems and don’t signal a serious condition – treatment is not usually recommended.
Issues like this will usually clear up after you’ve given birth and your body begins to return to normal.
However, in some cases medications may be prescribed to keep your heart in rhythm or a process called cardioversion, when mild electric currents are delivered to correct the heart’s rhythm, may be recommended.
If you’re concerned about any heart issues you may be experiencing, don’t delay – speak to a doctor today.