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June 3rd, 2011, 07:58 AM
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For the past few weeks I have been having heart palpitations for no real reason. I will be sitting or laying in bed, not even active when it happens. It happens about 10 times a day if not more.

I go to the doctor on Monday but honestly I am scared to say anything to them. What if they find something wrong and have to take the baby? There is no chance he/she would survive at this point. Should I say something or no? Is this normal during pregnancy? Has anyone else experienced it?

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June 3rd, 2011, 08:02 AM
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I really don't know, but I wanted to send you (((HUGS))) and prayers
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June 3rd, 2011, 08:05 AM
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I've had that same thing both pregnancies now. With Moose, I told my OB and she said it was pretty normal, what with the extra blood flow, and extra weight. (I don't know about yours, but my palpitations lasted about a minute or so, where my heart just raced!! Then it would go away for awhile.) I have them again with this baby. My OB said it happens to a lot of women.

I WOULD mention it to your doctor. No need to get ahead of yourself with them "taking the baby", but they need to know everything that happens. It could be something easy, like me, and normal. Or it could be something they can help you with. I just think it's usually better to tell them than try to keep something that could be important a secret. (Besides, they can't MAKE you do anything you don't want to do!!) Good luck! (I'm pretty sure it's all completely normal though, Mama!!)

ETA: I wanted to add, that sometimes the palpitations were accompanied by a pressure on my chest like someone was sitting on it. Not everytime, but occasionally. Also, they palpitations usually lasted a minute or less at a time, but I would get them sometimes several times a day. HTH!!

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June 3rd, 2011, 08:19 AM
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I talked to my OB about it too. I felt like my heart was just racing and my BP must have been super high. But they said there is an increased blood flow because of the baby and nothing to worry about. I would mention it just for peace of mind but it isn't anything to serious. Just a normal if not weird part of being pregnant.

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June 3rd, 2011, 08:27 AM
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I love you girls! What I am feeling is what you both experienced. Sorry for being so dramatic, I am just such a freak with this pregnancy.

xoxoxo, I will say something to them on Monday.

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June 3rd, 2011, 09:00 AM
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Oh yeah...I got this with both pregnancies too. More so with this one. I thought the same thing as Jess about my BP being high...so once when I got some palpitations while in Wal-Mart I sat at the BP machine...and my BP was 114/70, so that was good!

It is scary, you're not being dramatic, it sure freaked me out, still does even though my OB said it was normal both times I asked

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June 3rd, 2011, 09:28 AM
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Oh yeah, I was TOTALLY freaked out with Moose the first couple times it happened. I thought for sure I was having a heart attack or something. Scared the crap out of me. No worries Missy. That's what's so great about this board!
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June 3rd, 2011, 11:06 AM
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(((hugs))) I had some weird heart feelings and fainting stuff - and was fine too. I know it's scary - we all understand! (and we all get dramatic too) We you!

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June 3rd, 2011, 12:27 PM
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Missy, this happened to me starting around beginning of 2nd trimester and you definitely need to tell your OB. In my case, she referred me to a heart specialist (which totally freaked me out at the time) but he explained that while it's not common, about 20% of women do experience arrhythmia during pregnancy and for the vast majority it's not serious...there is a very small percentage however for whom it is serious and they treat & monitor more closely.

I ended up with a holter monitor for a week (it's a portable device so they can assess the arrhythmia) and everything turned out to be a "normal" pregnancy related arrhythmia. Yours likely isn't anything serious either but you should get it checked out (better safe than sorry, always!) and if possible try to jot down when they're happening, what you're doing when they happen, the symptoms you experience (are you faint? does your pulse race even when lying down? do you blackout or get tunnel vision, etc?), your hb rate while it's happening (if you have something that can take that) and the duration it lasts (10 seconds, 2 mins, etc) as those are helpful data points for your doctor.

HUGS - try not to panic, I know I was incredibly worried when it happened to me but it's not necessarily anything serious and as soon as I had Savannah they ended so its generally not something you'll have to worry about long term.

ETA: I do expect they'll be more conservative with you (as they were with me) due to our age...for some of the younger women the OBs may not be as worried, but I found that they tend to be more cautious for those of us with the dreaded AMA designation but don't let it worry you if your OB does refer you to a specialist...

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June 3rd, 2011, 01:02 PM
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I have had this during pregnancy too. With my third they did a 24 hour halter monitor, which showed nothing. I used to get them when I wasn't pregnant too, again a 24 halter monitor.

THe second cardio when I was not pregnant told me that sometimes you get them when you are out of balance with electrolytes. She suggested I drink 4-8 ounces of Gatorade or other sports drink. It worked. NOw I just use sea salt on my food and that works too. I have not had any palpitations in about 3 years.

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June 3rd, 2011, 02:32 PM
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they say it can be normal during pg, but def tell your doctor-they'll likely monitor your heart, and they can put you on a med to regulate it if its happening too often or you become symptomatic--that baby isn't going anywhere ((hugs))

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June 3rd, 2011, 04:49 PM
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I only had it happen this pregnancy, none of my others. It would actually wake me up with my heart racing and I could feel the skipped beats. It really scared me. In my case they did an ekg which was normal. Then, because I have diabetes, I got to do the monitor for 48hrs which showed I was having pvc's (premature ventricle contractions). Sounds scarier than it is. They then went way overboard and had me do a stress test (yes, at 14wks pregnant I had to run on a treadmill). Everything was totally fine though. They said if it got really bad, they could put me on bp meds but if I could, just learn to tolerate it. A few months later they went away.

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June 4th, 2011, 06:45 AM
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Hey girl. I know it's next to impossible, but try not to worry. I have had this with every pregnancy and it's mostly associated with me and my iron levels. When I get too low my heart speeds up and then starts to skip some beats. Talk to the doc and maybe have them check your iron Monday. K? Love ya girl! Hang in there!
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June 4th, 2011, 08:00 AM
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Ive never had this, but wanted to send you hugs anyway.......sounds like it is very common!
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June 4th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Tell your Dr, 99% of the time it's nothing but you never know. I didn't have any Palps with DS#1 until 31 weeks and ended up being a pregnancy related heart condition so I feel you need to tell you Dr. everything.

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June 4th, 2011, 03:34 PM
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Try not to worry (I know, way easier said than done), but I had this with both my previous pregnancies once I was further along...and fully expect it will happen again. My ob always said it is normal...if it got "too frequent" they would send me to a heart specialist who would have me use a monitor...it never came to that though. I don't remember what the frequency I was supposed to stay under was. He said it's increased blood and also the flux of hormones.

I also have them sometimes around the time I get AF...so I think mine is related to hormones.

I will keep you in my prayers. But do mention it to your MD. ((HUGS)) And my sister needed heart meds for a racing heart in her twin pregnancy. They NEVER thought of taking the baby...and the meds were safe for the twins. They are healthy 7 year olds now. (And that was different than palpitations...just thought I'd mention there are meds you can take if need be)
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June 4th, 2011, 10:39 PM
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Missy, make sure you are pushing fluids because it is more likely to happen when you haven't had enough fluids. Good luck with your appointment on Monday!
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