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Pregnancy & Heart Problems

Modern day women are experiencing new lifestyle changes which result in too much stress, late motherhood and unfortunately complications related to pregnancy. According a trusted gynecologist in Gurgaon,

There has been an alarming rise in the number of women who have difficulty in conceiving and even higher number of women who go through a high-risk maternity term.

Complications arising especially due to heart problems have become the major cause of concern among pregnant women nowadays and need to be dealt with positive alacrity. Women who are planning to conceive or those women who have a history/family history of cardiac disease and are now planning a baby after thorough research and a good understanding of pregnancy and its effect on the heart. Special pre-conception counselling is a must for these moms-to-be.

It is common knowledge that Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) develops when there is a fat deposit build-up, ultimately, making arteries narrower resulting in restricted blood flow. This condition can sometimes lead to chest pain, especially when you exert yourself (called angina) or even a heart attack, where a blood clot blocks one of the coronary arteries completely.

It is important for you ladies to follow the basic ‘stay healthy’ rules during pregnancy.

Some of these pointers being:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Stop smoking & drinking
  • Eating a healthy diet – as advised by the physician or dietician
  • Keeping your blood pressure under control
  • Regular mild exercise to improve blood circulation
  • If you are under any medication, please consultation your gynae
  • Stay happy! – Don’t underestimate the power of a positive environment for the development of a baby 

Heart conditions that shouldn’t stop a woman from getting pregnant:

  • Heart Murmur
  • Arrhythmias
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • High Blood Pressure

Heart Conditions that require careful consultation before conceiving:

  • Artificial Valves
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

Heart conditions that may mean pregnancy is difficult:

  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypertension caused by Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Severe aortic stenosis
  • History of a heart attack

With the advanced medical care and treatment available nowadays, we can confidently ascertain the fact that women with heart problems should plan motherhood!


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