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    Default Irregular heartbeat

    Just thought I would see if it common or not I seem to pick up an irregular heartbeat each time I'm pregnant, it's like it misses a beat or I suppose pauses and starts up again like Boom boom .....pause........ Boom! I had it with my first and I have started to get it again I notice it more when I'm laying down, just thought i would see if anyone else is or has experienced this.

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    I have had this kind of thing when pregnant also. I remember when i would lay down on my back when i was further along i had heart palpataions. I'm not sure if it's anything to worry about or not but it's alarming when it happens isn't it?

    Maybe it has something to do with the increased blood volume during pregancy

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    I have had it on and off for the last few weeks. I'm currently 19 weeks. I think I read somewhere that it was common in pregnancy.

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    I had heart palpitations during my 1st pregnancy and I have them again in my 2nd. Spoke to midwife about it 1st time around and she said it was quite normal.

    Just mention it at your next check

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    I thought it was common just hopped I was right

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    Assuming it's the normal thing that many ppl get then it's nothing to worry about. If you're concerned in any way tell your GP and get a referral to cardiologist and pay that money for peace of mind.

    It is common for people to have ectopic heartbeats (heartbeats that occur out of place). The skipped beat is usually caused by an extra beat of the atrium (a top heart chamber).

    |....|....|....|....|....|....|....|....|....| (timer)
    b....b....b....b....b..b....B....b....b....b.. (heartbeats)


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    is the last of the normal beats before you feel the Boom.

    b is the extra beat, occurring out of place. You don't usually feel this beat.

    The extra beat (b) doesn't make the ventricle (bottom heart chamber) beat. So the bottom chamber of the heart has extra time to fill up which makes the next heartbeat (B) more forceful and you feel the Boom. The time between b and B is longer than a regular b to b heartbeat.

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    I have been getting these Ectopic Beats since about 30 weeks. I've also had an elevated pulse. Resting can be anywhere between 85 and 110! It has gotten up to 150 which freaked me out. I've have been checked over in the hospital emergency dept (they found nothing wrong) and also had a cardiologist appt last week and he said everything is normal.

    Palpitations / Ectopic beats are very common in pregnancy due to the extra output the heart has to make carrying around that extra blood. Elevated pulse rates are very common to and can be linked to low iron / low red blood cell count (which is true in my case).

    I've never had palpitations, not even in my first pregnancy so this really scared me. It's been good to get the all clear from the cardiologist though

    37 weeks now and I feel the palpitations a lot when I go to bed at night but I notice them when I sit down after walking around too. It's a yucky feeling, I hope they go away when bub is born

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    I remember when I was pregnant and I posted the same thread as you. I couldn't read this and not post.
    I stayed in hospital overnight for these irregular heartbeats.
    I discharge myself from hospital and had a 24 hr halter monitor put on me & they finally saw my heart rate and what I was talking about! The couldn't understand that I felt like my heart skipped a beat & then jump back into it.
    Anywho, it's normal. I think they're extra beats and it's because your heart is working overtime to pump more blood through your system. You may even start to feel short of breathe because your lungs start to work harder as well as they're pushed up.

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    Oh and magnesium pills, magnesium pills, magnesium pills! My cardiologist recommended I take them and the thumps stopped within a few days.


 

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