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Old May 12th, 2018, 16:02 PM   1
happycupcake
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Heart palpitations


Anyone have these more frequently during pregnancy?
I had them a lot with DD but later on I think, however this time I have been having them for a while and they're daily and horrible. Midwife wasn't concerned, but I'm asking about an echo referral anyway. I had to wear a holter monitor with DD and had an echo afterwards which showed they were harmless palpitations, so midwife doesn't think it's likely I would have developed some awful heart problem between then and current. They're so unpleasant though! Stress and anxiety really trigger them off. As does really sugary food. Apparently something as simple as the act of swallowing can trigger them off. Just wondered if there was anyone else in a similar boat, anyway



 
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Old May 12th, 2018, 16:05 PM   2
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I didn't have them with my son but I did with my daughter. They started about 8 weeks. It was truly terrifying. They ended up being nothing and went away after I had her. I definitely think something so painful should be investigated. Good luck.



 
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Old May 12th, 2018, 16:13 PM   3
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Yeah they're not painful just scary. I can't remember if I had any with DS1 but I don't recall any with DS2, but DD they were really frightening. But I'm sure they were later on. They don't seem worried but I always think these things should be checked out anyway



 
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Old May 12th, 2018, 18:32 PM   4
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I get them sometimes - more often when I lie down. In my case, it's related to my thyroid; it's in a normal range, but the levels fluctuate like any other hormone. Thyroid controls metabolism, and heart rate is part of that.

Chances are the palpitations are benign, but if it really worries you, keep a journal of day/time, how long it lasts, and what you're doing when it happens, since the more info you have the easier it is to spot a pattern if there is one. And then do ask them to have a listen as it only takes a minute to hear if a valve isn't functioning right or if there's congestion. But even then, it's unlikely to be an emergency situation, so unless it's painful, you're probably okay. Hand onto that when it worries you.

It's hard to remember sometimes, I know! And I'm used to it, what with this being the fifth one. I especially hate that solid hard squeeze that kicks it off. That's always the worst, like, is it gonna relax again? Ech!



 
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Old May 13th, 2018, 13:36 PM   5
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I had them terribly when pregnant with my son. Shortness of breath too. It improved in the second trimester and came back slightly in the third. It felt awful. No one was worried though.



 
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Old May 13th, 2018, 16:00 PM   6
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Thanks both of you

Yeah they're bloody horrible. When they happen they take my breath away. They seem to be triggered mostly by stress and we have had a particularly stressful time recently. Or if I eat something really sugary, that triggers them off. I hear these are common triggers.

I did read earlier that more than 50% of women experience temporary arrhythmia or ectopic beats in pregnancy which aren't anything to worry about.
I found belly breathing helped today



 
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