15 October, 2018

Taking care of your heart during pregnancy

A woman’s body goes through several changes during pregnancy. This is also a time when her heart is working extra-hard to circulate blood for two people instead of one. That’s why, it becomes even more necessary to take care of your heart during pregnancy.

A cardiologist is rarely involved in the pregnancy process. Most women who are active and healthy before they become pregnant, do not suffer from any major problem when they’re carrying. However, those who have heart conditions can face several issues due to the increased workload of their heart during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Heart Health

The first step for protecting your heart health should ideally start before you become pregnant. If you are thinking about having a baby and have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor or a cardiologist about any precautions that you should take before getting pregnant:

  • If you have a medical history of a heart condition, such as a heart murmur, valve disease, rheumatic fever, or heart rhythm disorder
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • History of a cardiac event, such as a stroke

If you’re a healthy person, take the following steps to keep your heart healthy:

  1. Exercise: Exercising helps reduce stress during pregnancy and helps you maintain a healthy weight. It is highly beneficial to your cardiac health. If you’re used to exercising, stay at your previous level of intensity unless your doctor advices you against it. If you haven’t been exercising before pregnancy, try some low-impact exercises such as walking, riding a stationary bike or taking exercise classes for pregnant women.
  1. Eat a healthy diet: When you’re pregnant, try to include a heart-healthy diet that are safe for pregnant women. Some foods that were okay and heart-healthy before, such as sprouts and salads, should be avoided or limited during pregnancy. It is also important to lower your sodium intake as sodium can increase blood pressure. You should also be careful with your choice of fishes and avoid those that are high in mercury.

Keeping food and exercise choices simple and healthy can be extremely rewarding for your heart and overall well-being.

Women with existing heart conditions

Women who have an underlying heart condition or congenital heart problems may face complications while pregnant. Those with blood pressure can use pregnancy-safe medications to lower it. For women with high-risk, cardiologist advice against pregnancy as it poses too much risk.

Women who suffered complications during their pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, pre-term delivery, or low birth weight, the risk of having some sort of heart or vascular issue increases in the years after the pregnancy. This may also increase the risk of complications with subsequent pregnancies.

Regardless of the heart condition or complications, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle before, during and after your pregnancy to reduce your risk. If you have any concerns about your overall health, our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help you take necessary steps for a successful pregnancy.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

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10 November, 2023

5 best ways to avoid premature labour

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25 October, 2021

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain is pain in the lower part of the abdomen and pelvis. It can stem from multiple causes. Pelvic pain arises from the conditions associated with reproductive, urinary or digestive systems, or from muscles and ligaments in the pelvis. Pelvic pain can be due to irritation of nerves in the pelvis. Chronic pelvic pain is constant or intermittent pelvic pain for six months or more. Pelvic pain may spread to lower back, buttocks or thighs. Pelvic pain can also be situational, such as while using the bathroom or have sex. Causes More than one condition can lead to Pelvic pain. Common causes of acute pelvic pain Ovarian cyst– it is fluid-filled bubble arising from an ovary and causes pelvic pain when it ruptures or becomes twisted Acute pelvic inflammatory disease– a bacterial infection of the reproductive organs, which often follows a chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection and needs immediate treatment with Antibiotics. Ectopic Pregnancy (or other pregnancy-related conditions) Miscarriage or intrauterine fetal death Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) Mittelschmerz (ovulation pain) Appendicitis â€“ a painful swelling of the appendix which usually causes pain on the lower right-hand side of your abdomen Peritonitis– inflammation of the peritoneum; it causes sudden abdominal pain that gradually becomes more severe and requires emergency treatment Urinary tract infection – it will cause pain or a burning sensation while urination Kidney stones Constipation or
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