I had to go into L&D on Monday for this and they didn't find anything. I am experiencing this again and really don't want to go to L&D again. Has anyone experienced this? What did your doctor say?
I had heart palps before getting PG and they were still pretty heavy first tri...they've gotten better now. But..I also knew about the palpatations before pg and they put me through all sorts of tests to determine that my heart structure is all fine...so I wasn't really worried about it.
As for shortness of breath, it happens all day everyday, started a couple of weeks ago...baby is taking up space and lungs must be squished or something along those lines. Sorry...i"m probably not much help am I?
I should also add, when I wa sin for my scheduled u/s they thought I
was having contractions which is why they sent me to L&D but turned
out I wasn't.
Tank you again for the replies!
I had palpitaitons before pregnancy. I had what's called WPW (wolf parkinson white sp?). It's basically an extra path in my heart that caused me to have an extra heartbeat every once in awhile. I had surgery in May to correct it. They used a laser to zap the extra path. I no longer have WPW, but after the surgery I was still feeling the palpitaitons. I wore a holter monitor for 24 hours (basically like an ekg, except portable) and everything was normal. The cardiologist said that everyone has palpitations, I was probably just more aware of them because of the WPW. I got pregnant my first cycle after the surgery. I've been having the palpitations again. They haven't been so bad lately. Cutting out caffine really helped me. Also, the pp was right, try not to worry about it, try to think of something else/distract yourself. That seems to make it go away faster.
I've also had the shortness of breath, but not too often. Mostly after I eat and my cat is laying on me. I chalk it up to the baby taking up more space and my lungs getting squished.
Either way, I would mention it to your OB, just so he/she's aware. Mine wants me to follow up with my cardiologist, just to make sure everything's ok.
I had this before PG and it continues now. If you are really concerned, ask to have an EKG done (takes a few minutes) even just to put your mind at ease.
I agree with the pp explanations, but I wanted to add that sometimes anxiety attacks feel the same way. If you are waiting for a palpatation to happen and then freak out when it does (I've so been there), you are really just getting yourself worked up into an anxiety attack situation. Just another explanation to consider.