Fast Heartbeats During Pregnancy, Should You be Worried?

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Doc, I am 26 weeks pregnant, I noticed that my heart beats very fast, anytime I exhaust myself. I am worried. Please help.

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Here is the deal, pregnancy changes everything! Nothing stays the same when you are pregnant, it changes your whole-body systems. One of the key systems that change during pregnancy is your cardiovascular system (your heart and blood vessels}).

Normally with pregnancy, you will have increase in blood volume and also increase in metabolism, which will lead to increase in oxygen consumption. Apart from the visible protruding belly, so many other things go on inside. The increase in blood volume is common, and should not be a cause for alarm.

Normally, the extra blood in your body will lead to abrupt increase heart rates to about 25 percent faster than usual (pre-pregnancy state).  With the faster heart rate, this can result in occasional heart palpitations.  You will suddenly start feeling the fast and fluttering activities of your heart. This is compensatory as your heart is trying to meet up with increase metabolic demands which come pregnancy.

Please, note, most times, heart palpitations can be normal and not harmful during pregnancy. However, it is very important to note the possibility of, underlying health condition. If it continues, go and see your doctor immediately.

Thank you

Dr. Chudi Godsons

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