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Ok, so I've noticed for the past week or so that every once in a while, my heart will start beating like mad. My blood pressure is on the low side and so is my heartrate. Yesterday, I tested myself on one of those home bp monitors (not the most accurate, but hey) and my pulse was 91 (my normal is between 65-70!). The oddest part was that I was literally sitting on the couch, reading a book when it happened.<br><br>
Does this sound normal to anyone? I called my ob, but they said that I should call my reg. dr., as it is not gynecological in nature.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Is it possible it's a deficiency of some sort (hmmm...water??) or should I be more concerned? I do have shortness of breath, but that's not unusual for me during preg (besides, I'm measuring like 3-4 weeks ahead..)<br><br>
Thanks ladies!
 

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My heartbeat is always rapid. I scare drs, nurses and midwives lol. My normal resting hearrate is between 100 and 110.<br><br>
Maybe its hormone related? Or could be your thyroid? Maybe you were having bh and didn't realize? Sorry I can't be of more help.<br><br>
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This started w/ me w/ my 2nd pregnancy. I talked to my OB about it in my first or early 2nd trimester and he totally blew me off and said it was a pregnancy thing and would go away after the baby was born. He did tell me to cut back on caffeine if it was really bothering me. My heart doesn't just beat fast once in a while, though. First, it skips a beat, then it kinda flutters for a few senconds, then it beats really fast and then it goes back to normal. This happens maybe once every few days that I notice it. But when I have caffeine it will happen several times an hour. Just chocolate will make it happen several times a day. It's a VERY annoying sensation. Anyway, my heart was doing this a lot when I was in labor w/ ds and my new OB (same practice, but I switched to her after the first time I saw her cuz she was so much nicer than the other one! LOL! I lucked out and got her at my birth), anyway, she freaked out a little over my heart thing during labor and within 2 hours after he was born, I had a cardiologist hooking all those little thingies up to me. They said my heart was fine, no abnormalities, so I have no idea what it is.<br><br>
It did NOT go away after pregnancy, however. Yours might, since yours sounds more like the normal pregnancy thing, though. Even when I'm not pregnant, I can't really handle caffeine anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I used to be a coffee junkie and I still love it. Oh well!<br><br>
edited to add that my normal heartrate when they take my pulse at the doctor's is about 60-70, so I guess that's not even resting? My BP is rarely over 98/60 or something like that. I have no idea if that has anything to do w/ it. When my OB assumed I was talking about the normal periodic rapid heartrate like you're describing, he said it's due to the increased blood volume during pregnancy.
 

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I notice my heart beating very loud and fast when I'm laying on my back. Changing position helps for me. I'm sure it has something to do with the weight of the uterus, baby, fluid, etc...<br><br>
I too normally have a fast heart rate, so I really wouldn't worry too much about it if I were you.
 

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This is very common in pregnancy and rarely related to anything important. In fact, if you did see your GP, he or she would refer you to a cardiologist, who really can't tell a whole lot while you're pregnant. When this happened to me (my pulse was in the 150s-160s) my midwife referred me to a cardio who referred me to an a specialty of the cardio and they figured out that they couldn't tell me anything while I was pregnant.<br><br>
It turns out I have a deficiency in magnesium, so I take a supplement (Natural Calm) every day. If I don't for a couple of days, the racing heart is back in action. This pregnancy has been smooth sailing because of the magnesium! It also helps keep your BP down, as an added bonus. Also, it helps me sleep and is a bowel regulator.<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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I just read about this the other day in the Sears Pregnancy book. Apparently it is a fairly common pregnancy-related thing. I didn't pay too much attention, because my bp and pulse are still low as ever. I can look it up again, though, and say if there is some info that I can pass on.
 

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Thanks ladies! My instincts were to just let it go and if it continues or happens a lot more often, I would check into it. I figured it was preg-related, as it never happened before. I guess I'll worry if it continues after I give birth.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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