Pregnancy stresses the heart and circulatory system, however, many women who have heart condition delivery healthy babies. During Pregnancy, the blood volume increases by 30 to 50 per cent to nourish the growing baby. Some of the symptoms of Pregnancy and Heart Disease include fatigue, chest pain, and shortness of breath, swelling of feet and ankles, and increased urination at night.
HOW IS PREGNANCY AND HEART DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
After examining the symptoms, a Gynecologist/Cardiologist diagnoses Pregnancy and Heart Disease by performing a physical examination and check the blood pressure.
HOW IS PREGNANCY AND HEART DISEASE TREATED?
Taking good care of yourself is the best way to take care of your baby. For example:
• Keep your prenatal appointments: Visit your healthcare provider regularly throughout your pregnancy.
• Take your medication as prescribed. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the safest medication at the most appropriate dose.
• Get plenty of rest: Take a daily nap, if you can, and avoid strenuous physical activities. Bed rest might be recommended in some cases.
• Monitor your weight: Gaining the right amount of weight supports your baby's growth and development, but gaining to much weight places additional stress on your heart.
• Manage anxiety: Ask questions about your progress. Find out what to expect during labor and delivery. Knowing what's happening can help you feel more at ease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Such women may have to opt for c-section births due to elevated pressure in normal delivery.