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I've been popping in and out for a while now, but I realized today that I haven't actually "joined". So, I'm Kelli, I'm 28, and I am 18 weeks preggo with my third child. I already have two little boys, a five year old and an almost two year old. I have had kind of a rough pregnancy so far (heart problems and borderline hyperemesis), but things seem to be finally smoothing out now that I am firmly in the second trimester. I do have my 20 week sono coming up, but we will not be finding out the sex of the baby. We like the old fashioned surprise. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br><br>
It's so nice to meet you ladies!
 

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Thanks for finally introducing yourself, and welcome!<br><br>
I find it so amazing that our DDC continues to grow, well into the second tri!
 

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welcome to our (not so) little group!!
 

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Welcome Kelli! Do you mind if I ask what kind of heart problems? I am having some weird heart issues as well~ I go in next week for a stress test & an echo cardiogram~<br><br>
Melissa
 

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Welcome Kelly!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Welcome Kelli! Do you mind if I ask what kind of heart problems? I am having some weird heart issues as well~ I go in next week for a stress test & an echo cardiogram~<br><br>
Melissa</div>
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No, I don't mind sharing. I just didn't want to bore you all with the mundane details. I have a moderate murmur, (which my cardiologist says is very common in pregnancy), and I have moderate/severe SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). Here's what <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supraventricular_tachycardia" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a> says about it:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">A supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a rapid rhythm of the heart in which the origin of the electrical signal is either the atria or the AV node.<br><br>
Symptoms<br><br>
Symptoms can come on suddenly and may go away without treatment. They can last a few minutes or as long as 1-2 days. The rapid beating of the heart during SVT can make the heart a less effective pump so that the cardiac output is decreased and the blood pressure drops. The following symptoms are typical with a rapid pulse of 140-250 beats per minute:<br><br>
* Pounding chest<br>
* Shortness of breath<br>
* Chest pain<br>
* Rapid breathing<br>
* Dizziness<br>
* Loss of consciousness (in serious cases)<br><br><br>
Acute Treatment<br><br>
In general, SVT is not life threatening, but episodes should be treated or prevented. While some treatment modalities can be applied to all SVTs with impunity, there are specific therapies available to cure some of the different sub-types. Cure requires intimate knowledge of how and where the arrhythmia is initiated and propagated.<br><br>
The SVTs can be separated into two groups, based on whether they involve the AV node for impulse maintenance or not. Those that involve the AV node can be terminated by slowing conduction through the AV node. Those that do not involve the AV node will not usually be stopped by AV nodal blocking manoevres. These manoevres are still useful however, as transient AV block will often unmask the underlying rhythm abnormality.</td>
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I have the AV node version. I am trying my hardest to avoid medication and control the symptoms with diet and rest. Most beta blocker meds are okay with pregnancy, but not compatible with breastfeeding, and I am still nursing my toddler. I would more than likely have to wean him if I went on meds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> And he is no where near ready for that. I nursed his older brother until just over age three. I would be heartbroken to have to wean him so early. Nursing means the world to him.<br><br>
Other than changing my diet and trying (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) to rest, I have to see the cardiologist every few weeks to keep on top of things. This will no affect my labor/delivery at all. In fact, most people with SVT actually do better during L&D, due to the increased hormones.<br><br>
While I was being diagnosed, I also had the echo, 12-lead, and various other tests. I wore a holter monitor for 24 hours to pick up any abnormalities that didn't show up on the standard office tests. The results of my holter monitor showed close to 300 abnormalities in a 24 hour period. Most of which I thankfully couldn't' feel. The murmur will more than likely go away after I have the baby, the SVT I have probably had for years, and will continue to have. Although, my cardiologist is willing to bet that after I am no longer pregnant, the SVT will fade away again, so that it's not the issue that it is right now.<br><br>
I hope that your tests come out okay! Please let me know if I can help or answer any questions if you need.
 

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