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Managing Heart Disease during Pregnancy

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

Some women with heart condition worry that they can’t get pregnant because lots of risks can happen. However, according to doctors, heart disease can be managed during women’s pregnancy. To limit the risk, women should consult with a doctor before conceiving. In this article, we would show how to manage heart disease when you are pregnant.

Heart conditions: what you should know?

There are lots of specific heart conditions that are divided into three groups.

  • Heart conditions which don’t stop you to get pregnant. They include heart murmur, arrhythmias, mitral valve prolapse and high blood pressure. With these conditions, you can get pregnant without worrying too much.
  • Heart conditions which need to consult with a doctor carefully before conceiving. They are artificial valves, mitral valve stenosis, dilated cardiomyopathy, peripartum cardiomyopathy, and restrictive cardiomyopathy.
  • Heart conditions that you should not attempt pregnancy, such as Marfan syndrome, pulmonary hypertension caused by Eisenmenger syndrome, severe aortic stenosis, and history of a heart attack.

How does pregnancy affect your heart?

When you get pregnant, your heart has to work harder. It needs to pump 40% more blood than normal to all of the organs in your body. In this period, blood vessels expand to accommodate the blood flow, lower a blood pressure and your blood becomes clot then. It is a natural way to protect pregnant women from bleeding too much during childbirth. So, with those who have heart disease, this nine-month period seems like a stress test.

How to get pregnant with a heart issue?

To get pregnant with your heart condition, you need to make a plan. Firstly, you should consult your doctor, what you need to prepare or which test you need to check your condition. Your doctor may suggest meeting an expert who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.

An expert will want to know how you function every day with your heart condition. Based on this, they can evaluate your condition before or during a pregnant period. If you can do all of the things as normally you do, including do exercises, and your health is always at that level, it seems like you can get pregnant well and give birth normally. However, in case your daily activity is restricted, your doctor may use other different rating systems to check if you could get pregnant or not.

Remember to consult your doctor before getting pregnant to make sure that both you and your baby are safe.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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