Post # 1
I am not pregnant, and I don’t plan to be for at least another year or two, but it is something I think of more often now because I just turned 31. What have some of you done physcially to prepare for pregnancy? Do you get a phsyical? Talk to your OB?
Pregnancy kind of terrifies me. I am a total prude and the idea of being poked, prodded, and giving birth gave me anxiety. Now, I understand the ‘beauty’ of birth and can deal with it better.
However, I currently take a beta blocker for a heart arrhythmia. I have an AV block and tachycardia. My heart palpitations were getting much worse around my period so I started taking a low dose birth control and they have nearly vanished and I feel better emotionally and physically.
I am wondering if there is anybody else out there who has a similar condition (heart arrhythmia), became pregnant, and how did you fair? My sister said she got heart palps while pregnant and she does not have an arrhythmia like me so I am worried I will get way more than usual, especially since i’ll have to give up my BC and possibly my beta blocker.
I also had PMDD so again worried about pregnancy hormones….
looking for some hope or advice
Post # 2
beaubeee : I literally just found out last night that I am accidently pregnant! I have a heart arrhythmia and I am on beta blockers that I have now stopped until I can get in to see the doctor. Maybe someone who is farther along than me can give you more specific answers? But I’ll update after I see my doctor!
Post # 3
We are talking about TTC in a couple years (we were thinking this year but decided to postpone) so I’ve been thinking about this a lot!
I am losing weight to be in a healthy weight range. This is the biggest thing for me.
Also just eating healthier and getting more exercise in general.
And last year I had my doctor test how well I absorb folic acid because my mom and brother have issues absorbing it properly so I wanted to have that figured out before even starting TTC just in case. My tests all came back good though!
If you have specific health concerns, you should consult with your doctor. Even if it’s a ways off it’s never to early to be informed.
Post # 4
I can’t give you 100% of the advice you’re looking for because I’m noy pregnant. However, what I’ve been doing to prepare to TTC is exercising every day (YouTube videos), jogging, and started taking prenatal vitamins as recommended by my doctor. I do have a minor heart condition which is mitral valve prolapse and cyanosis (not enough oxygen to my red bloods when I get cold). I don’t know how this might effect me if and when I get pregnant . I do experience chest pain that comes and goes without specific cause. Its just part of the issue and there’s nothing I can ever pinpoint to think what might have triggered the pain. I hope you get some answers here but for now I’d definitely ask your dr and get a current pap smear.
Post # 5
Have you discussed your pregnancy plans with your cardiologist?
That should be your first step – have them advise if pregnancy is advisable with your specific condition and prepare you for appropriate treatment if it is.
I don’t have this specific impairment, but I had a good long talk with my cardiologist and he reviewed my history to advise me once pregnancy was a more imminent concern.