There are a lot of things to keep track of when you’re pregnant. Not the least of which is your heart health.
Dr. Virginia Homewood with Jordan Valley Medical Center – West Valley Campus, talks about keeping your heart healthy during pregnancy.
Pregnancy puts a great deal of stress on a woman’s body. During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases, which causes the heart to work harder. When it’s time to deliver the baby, there are changes in blood flow and pressure that add more stress on the heart.
If you have a pre-existing heart condition and become pregnant, it is important to speak to your doctor about any special care needed. Certain heart conditions can be life threatening to both mother and baby.
Heart conditions that may be a risk
Heart valve problems
Heart rhythm problems
Congestive heart failure
Congenital heart defect
The risk during pregnancy largely depends on the severity of the heart condition, so before you try to conceive, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss potential risks and how to monitor your health and the health of your baby. During pregnancy, your doctor might recommend specialized ultrasounds to detect any fetal abnormalities.
Visit healthcare provider regularly
Take medications as prescribed
Monitor weight and blood pressure
Maintain a healthy diet
During labor and delivery
If you do have a heart condition, you might be placed in the high-risk pregnancy category. This may mean that you need certain specialists present and specialized equipment to monitor your heart function and blood pressure during labor.