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    Default Heart Palpitations - 18 weeks pregnant

    I'm 18 weeks pregnant with my first.
    I'm getting heart palpitations which sometimes can last up to an hour before it goes down to a normal heart beat.
    Last weekend I went to the movies to watch an action film and could not enjoy the movie or concentrate on it because my heart was pounding as if i was terrified.. very annoying

    I get them when I'm sitting down or laying in bed or sitting at work and it lasts for more than 30 minutes each time it happens. It happens at random times too (no relation to stress)
    I also notice its generally at night or in the afternoon.

    Every time I've been to my dr I've been told i have perfect blood pressure.
    I'll have to bring it up in my next appt because its starting to get more and more frequent and its making me very uncomfortable.

    I'm forcing myself to take a quick nap or just lay in bed whenever it happens and that works for a bit.. though I can't really do that if it happens at work or outside of my home.


    Has anyone had this? has anything helped you?

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    White carbs made my heart race and made me feel awful, cut them out and felt fine!

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    You can have a heart murmur and still have blood pressure readings that are normal so your GP really should be looking further into it. My pet peeve is lazy GP's! Not saying you have a murmur but just because you're blood pressure is fine, doesn't mean everything else is fine you know? My DH has a heart murmur and gets palpitations. I dno't have a heart murmur and I get palpitations that are anxiety related so it's best to ask your GP for more info or more testing. Good luck

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    Have you had your iron levels checked?
    I had this and later found out I was anaemic, my OB said it was the cause.

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    I had heart palpatations at about that time with both pregnancies and I was iron deficient for both as well.

    It was weird, I got it once after an action movie but more when I was trying to relax or in the middle of the night.

    My OB said it was pretty normal especially because you have more blood pumping around your body!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brooke88(mum2b09) View Post
    Have you had your iron levels checked?
    I had this and later found out I was anaemic, my OB said it was the cause.
    I should also add that I was also VERY iron deficient so it makes sense that it could be this.

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    agree with bohogirls.. extra blood pumping causes it. but if you are concerned maybe ask your GP for an ecg?

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    I've had that even not pregnant, i had really low iron levels and magnesium. Try coughing when it happens, sounds strange but it re-sets the heart. It's perfectly safe though unless you have a heart defect (which would of been rules out if you have had heart scan before or something like ECG).
    My cardiologist said they consider normal up to 500 abnormal beats/day, i had 1900 (had a monitor fitted) over 24 hours and it was still all good. later found out it was cos of the iron, would of thought that'd be the first thing they'd checked!!!!! also, worrying about it made it worse. Once i've realised it's not dangerous for you then i calmed down and they went way down, then after taking iron & magnesium for a bit went away completely...

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    You need to have your thyroid tested. Hopefully you already have. My palpitations started at 8 weeks and found out I had Graves disease. I had to take a safe medication through my pregnancy as there can be serious complications with baby if it's overlooked. Do you find yourself feeling hot? Do your hands sometimes tremble? Please look into it as it took about a month for the hospital I was at to work out what the problem was. It's also important because palpitations frequently, increase your risk of stroke and you may need a low dose aspirin before delivery especially if you are having a c-section. Good luck with everything. Let us know how you go.


 

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