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I have a tendency to get heart palpitations when I'm pregnant, but this is different. It feels like my heart is working hard...like I'm aware of every heartbeat. It gives me that weak feeling I get sometimes with palpitations (which I've had checked out in previous pregnancies and were a-ok). I spent the whole night not sleeping, only feeling fairly ok on my left side. I started chugging water this morning to see if that would help (but it's not like I wasn't peeing last night, either, I did go a few times). I feel really icky. Anyone experience this before? I've never had it this bad for this long. Usually just a few minutes. Baby is doing fine, kicking up a storm, btw.<br><br>
ETA I took my pulse, it's 114. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Do I need to call the midwife?
 

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I have the same feelings a lot too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> and it's really uncomfortable. In fact, I was feeling that way earlier this morning. I have never called the midwife about it but if you feel worried, there is never any harm in running it by her. Hope you are feeling better soon!
 

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I've been feeling kind of weird lately, too, and I wonder if it has to do with the increase in blood volume we're dealing with. As our blood volume increases, our hemoglobin is more dilute which means we aren't transferring oxygen as efficiently. I've been trying to take deep breaths and move more slowly and find that this helps me feel less like I'm about to croak. If it's bothering you this much (and it seems to be), I think you should give your midwife a call.
 

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When pregnant, I feel like that when I am over-tired. To cure it, I lay down, try to nap (if possible) or drink tea with caffiene.. I had those yukky feelings and heart palpitations yesterday morning after being up with DS for 1.5 hours in the middle of the night.. I nap made it go away.<br><br><br>
The otehr thing to consider is your blood pressure. Any history of high blood pressure? YOu can always call your mw, run it by her and see what she says. I haven't called about it, becuase I know for me, sleep helps.<br><br>
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Have definitely had similar experiences. Doesn't help that, at this stage, it's combined with a constant feeling of shortness of breath! I think SmokeyLo is on to something, with the challenges of distributing oxygen efficiently throughout our bodies. How are your iron levels? That might affect some of the overall feelings as well - I know that mine are low (and probably still sinking - sigh) and that has impacted the feelings of weakness/fatigue/shortness of breath/excessive heart-beating.<br><br>
But by all means - you can always call your mw for reassurance, and it's good for her to know what's going on with you, too!
 

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Yeah, I was going to suggest that you check your iron levels too. It sounds to me, though, like you're in the early stages of coming down with a bug.<br>
If your midwife says it's definitely heart problems, there's a couple of pregnancy herbs which also help with palpitations and stuff- both motherwort and hawthorn blossom are heart tonics.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I didn't think about iron...I haven't been good at taking prenatals this time. I don't think I'm getting sick, this is definitely unrelated to that. My blood pressure is always very low when I'm pregnant, so I'm sure that doesn't help (90 over 60 last appt, actually!). I'm feeling a little better this afternoon, just tired now from not being able to sleep last night. I still don't feel quite right though. Maybe I'll run to the drugstore and see if my bp has dropped even lower?
 

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Maybe you are on to something there because I can really relate to how you are feeling and I have low blood pressure as well.
 

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re: iron - I have been so-so taking my prenatals until last appointment (still so many associations with nausea), when my iron came in at 10.5, down from 12.7 4 weeks before. I'm now much better about taking prenatals daily, as well as trying to boost iron in foods. Hot cereal with blackstrap molasses, Cheerios (the best balance of fortified with high iron content, and lowest sugar), lots of beans (I'm veggie). I've definitely noticed that upping iron & staying hydrated seems to be helping with overall steadiness of feeling good.
 

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I have heart palpitations pretty often, and a few were really scary. I felt light-headed and needed to sit down pronto. For me, I KNOW it's anxiety related. When I start getting them often, I clear my calendar for a day or two and watch a movie while snuggling my kids. I tend to do too much, and that'll really get my anxiety up. I feel much better when we just spend most of our time at home with our normal homeschool routine. Maybe you're experiencing something similar. I also think upping your iron would be a great start, too.
 
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