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September 21st, 2008, 09:12 PM
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What's a healthy resting heart rate during pg? I don't think my doc has ever mentioned it. I know it's not supposed to get above 140 while exercising, but what about resting? I've heard anything above 85 is dangerous. Mine is consistently (for several months) between 100 and 125. ... even when I've been sleeping!
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September 21st, 2008, 09:47 PM
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My pulse was running high the other day, 130 when they first checked it at work. By the time I got to the doc's office it was down to 100 and they did not seem concerned at all with it.
Not really an answer, but it might help.
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September 22nd, 2008, 04:55 AM
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Well between 60 and 100 beats per minute is considered normal in a healthy not pregnant person.
Now you have to consider that your blood volume is now 50% higher so that will make your heart beat faster to get the work done.
So I don't think you are too high with it being in that range.

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September 22nd, 2008, 06:33 AM
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if your resting heart rate is that high it really needs to be checked by the Dr.

If you get to the point your heart feels like it's going to jump out of your chest get to the ER.
Your heart rate while resting even when pregnant shouldn't be over 100.
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September 22nd, 2008, 08:53 AM
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My heart rate ran over 100 bpm all throughout my third trimester in my last pregnancy. Sometimes it rivaled the baby's hr at 150 bpm. They monitored me, but did not send me to the hospital, ever. I saw a cardiologist, but I had no heart problems. Tachycardia in pregnancy is fairly common, I think. They were more concerned about my PIH, when my blood pressure spiked high at 26 weeks. They put me on medication which also slowed my hr down.
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September 22nd, 2008, 05:57 PM
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I see a cardiologist because of my heart not pregnant and pregnant.
The first trimester I ran between 101-111. Second trimester I ran 121 or above. Never above 135 thou. He checked me out and said it seems to be my "norm" during pregnancy. I have had EKG's Echos etc. Nothing has shown more then my normal SVT issue.
Good luck as the doctor about it, and they most likely will ship you to see a cardiologist, have tests ran if they think there is a need

Here are articles I found.....


During pregnancy, you need more oxygen for fetal development. This means that at rest, a typical resting heart rate would be 70 bpm but the same woman (now pregnant) has a resting heart rate of 85 bpm just by being pregnant.

Also there are so many other factors that affect heart rate, for example fitness condition. A marathoner may have a resting heart rate of 45 bpm and a sedentary person may have a resting heart rate of 95 bpm -- all due to fitness level. And there are always the exceptions to the rule -- someone who genetically has a high or low resting heart rate naturally.

http://pregnancyandbaby.com/pregnancy/baby...t-rate-3289.htm

I found another that said something that I think was good but won't let me copy. That if your overweight, non active your resting heart rate is going to be higher then "norm". The example they gave is that someone who is active and lean may have a resting heart rate of 60bpm, while someone who is doesn't do any activity above and beyond what they do for normal life may have 75bpm and someone overwieight may be 80-85bpm. Then those same peple get pregnant and the increase blood volume may be 85bpm, 105bpm and so on...

It was on the american pregnancy website. And theres a discussion on this there....
THey also bring up PVC's (premature ventricular contractions) and how you should be evaluated if you take note to them. I know my doctor looks for 7-12 PVC's but if its not "norm" call and set up an appt with a cardiologist. The first thing they made me do was wear a holister for 24hours. (if you have a tape irritation OMG tell them, i had round hickie bruised for a month)...

Let us know what the doctor says

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September 22nd, 2008, 08:08 PM
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I know the HR increases during pregnancy but if your HR is higher than normal it's better to have it checked out than not.
Not to scare anyone but it's better to be checked out and everything be fine than to have undiagnosed heart condition.


Sorry, this is a very sensitive subject to me, because the problems I had were blamed on NORMAL pregnancy symptoms and I went into Heart failure.

I'm going to ask the Dr that takes questions on the PPCM board.
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September 23rd, 2008, 07:55 AM
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The answer from the Cardiologist on the ppcm site.

There is some increase of resting heart rate during pregnancy, but if RESTING heart rate is over 100, I would look for other explanations, including ruling out hyperthyroidism by doing a blood TSH.

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