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Re: HELP! Strange palpitations...

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Posted by Chris on November 14, 2000 at 20:26:16:

In Reply to: Re: HELP! Strange palpitations... posted by Melanie on October 12, 2000 at 00:14:15:

Hello all,
I have had these palpitations since I was 16 (I'm 30 now). I gave birth to my third child in September of last year, but I hadn't seen a doctor for this problem until 9 weeks postpartum. Throughout my last pregnancy, I felt short of breath and needed to sit down a lot, or keep moving if I was standing up. Labor was fine without any palpitations. At 9 weeks postpartum, I got up in the middle of the night to breastfeed my daughter and the palpitations came one after another. I went to the emergency room where they basically told me they couldn't do anything for me! I was referred to the cardiology department where they had me on a Holter (of course no results showed up!) and they also did an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). This showed slight tricuspid valve regurgitation, but not enough to warrant any worry from the doctor "until you hit menopause" he said. The symptoms subsided, but now suddenly they have returned, and mostly when I exert myself (even so little as carrying my baby while carrying something else). I am on a regular exercise program of walking, however, when I wanted to start light jogging, the first three jogs brought on palpitations one after another. I guess I will be making another appointment with my doctor.
My point to this reply was, I did not have any palpitations during labor, maybe because it was my third and I knew what to expect, and maybe because I had an epidural and was virtually pain free?? Anyway, you should bring up these concerns with your Obstetrician...most likely we experience more palpitations/lightheadedness because of the increased blood volume our hearts are pumping during pregnancy. Good luck!

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