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Heart palpitations can be normal and nonharmful during pregnancy. But there’s always a chance they could mean you have a more serious, underlying health condition. Read on. “Palpitations are very common in pregnancy,” Smilowitz says. What Are Heart Palpitations?

Heart palpitations are a feeling or sensation that, in many instances, may just reflect the normal. During pregnancy, the body’s blood volume increases. The heart needs to pump faster to circulate the extra blood, and this can lead to a faster resting heart rate.

Sometimes, the. Heart palpitations occur due to cardiovascular changes in the body during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the blood volume increases by almost 50 per cent. It increases by 30 to 40 per cent in the second trimester. The volume of blood is increased during pregnancy.

This increase may be around 40-50%. There is an increase in heart rate to cater to this increased volume. This increased heart rate is felt by the women which, in medical terms, is known as heart palpitations. Pregnancy is an exciting time.

While you can’t control increased blood volume or a change in your hormones, you can try to reduce the amount of stress you’re experiencing and this — in turn — may ease heart palpitations. Appropriate exercise during pregnancy can improve your outlook, tone your body and help you relax. Arrhythmias in pregnancy are common and may cause concern for the wellbeing of both the mother and the fetus. For some mothers the arrhythmias may be a recurrence of a previously diagnosed arrhythmia or the first presentation in a woman with known structural heart disease.

They have been constant for well over a year now. By constant I mean multiple times a minute. I am now pregnant (I got pregnant 10 months AFTER the palpitation became a daily occurrence).

My cardiologist had an EKG and an echo done and observed the palpitations during both tests. The structure and blood flow were all normal on the echo. Hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy, or just before menopause.

Sometimes, palpitations during pregnancy are signs of anemia. Medications, including diet. Heart palpitations during pregnancy are a very common situation.

Pregnant women experience palpitations more than any other persons. Almost 50% of pregnant women experience palpitations at least once during their pregnancy. Although they can be scary and disturbing sometimes, in most of the cases they are absolutely normal.

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Heart palpitations on sudden exertion are also normal in pregnancy.

“Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family” by Adele Pillitteri
from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
by Adele Pillitteri
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

During normal pregnancy, complaints such as dyspnea and palpitations may mimic cardiac disease.

“Cardiology E-Book” by Michael H. Crawford, John P. DiMarco, Walter J. Paulus
from Cardiology E-Book
by Michael H. Crawford, John P. DiMarco, Walter J. Paulus
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Palpitations in pregnancy: refer if it seems that there is any form of arrhythmia in pregnancy.

“The Complementary Therapist's Guide to Conventional Medicine E-Book: A Textbook and Study Course” by Clare Stephenson
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by Clare Stephenson
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Palpitations are frequent during pregnancy, and Holter monitoring often reveals premature atrial and ventricular contractions.

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from Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia E-Book
by David H. Chestnut, Cynthia A Wong, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

If new symptoms arise during the pregnancy, such as tachycardia, chest pain or palpitations, they should be investigated with an echocardiogram and/or 24-hour ECG monitoring.

“Crash Course Obstetrics and Gynaecology” by Sophie Kay, Charlotte Jean Sandhu, Shreelata T Datta, Philip Xiu, Ruma Dutta, Fevzi Shakir
from Crash Course Obstetrics and Gynaecology
by Sophie Kay, Charlotte Jean Sandhu, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Palpitations may occur more frequently during pregnancy, which is a high output state.

“Conn's Current Therapy 2015 E-Book” by Edward T. Bope, Rick D. Kellerman
from Conn’s Current Therapy 2015 E-Book
by Edward T. Bope, Rick D. Kellerman
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Cardiac arrhythmias are relatively common during pregnancy.

“High Risk Pregnancy E-Book: Management Options Expert Consult” by David K. James, Philip J. Steer, Carl P. Weiner, Bernard Gonik
from High Risk Pregnancy E-Book: Management Options Expert Consult
by David K. James, Philip J. Steer, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

The pregnant woman may experience palpitations and the cardiac rhythm can be disturbed.

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Arrhythmias during pregnancy are not uncommon.

“Electrophysiological Disorders of the Heart E-Book” by Sanjeev Saksena, A. John Camm
from Electrophysiological Disorders of the Heart E-Book
by Sanjeev Saksena, A. John Camm
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Symptoms of palpitations are common during pregnancy but only rarely signify the presence of organic heart disease.

“Creasy and Resnik's Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice” by Robert Resnik, MD, Robert K. Creasy, MD, Jay D. Iams, MD, Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, Thomas Moore, MD, Michael F Greene, MD
from Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice
by Robert Resnik, MD, Robert K. Creasy, MD, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

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  • It’s so cool watching your second pregnancy as I’m pregnant now because your first time around was my warnings lol second time around is my reassurance that I’m not dying from symptoms:p

  • When do you plan on switching Micah to a convertible car seat? I don’t see how some people carry their babies in those infant carriers so long �� I switched my baby as soon as she started sitting up on her own lol. When you do decide to switch look into the Evenflo DLX! They have a ratchet system for hooking them into the car and it literally takes 30 seconds to tighten down. Congrats on the new baby! ❤️

  • hello mam i am 4 month pregnant. i feel shortness of breath and sometimes heart palpitations when i walk and climb stairs. plz suggest

  • I had some pretty severe palpitations with my latest pregnancy (baby is two weeks old now). It was bad enough that I wore a monitor for a 24 hour period and had the cardiology department at the hospital check it out. They could definitely see the events I was feeling, but said that it seemed to be normal related to the increased blood flow in pregnancy. I also noticed my palpitations got worse when I wasn’t drinking enough water.

  • Just watched your gender reveal sonogram. You probably already know. But I think boy because it sounds like Micha,(sorry for spelling,) is saying da da all the time. They say baby’s first word predicts the next babys gender.

  • I started watching when your second pregnancy announcement came out i seen that one and started to fellow you all i have a little girl that is 19 months old! And we love watching you all.

  • I got those, I had to wear a heart monitor for two weeks and they said I had a PAT dsyrythmia, I didn’t have it with my first daughter but had it with the second daughter. They said if you have any family with AFIB that the PAT dysrythmia can be a precursor to AFIB. I found taking like a ginormous breath during it helped it go away. Not fun at all, but it went away after I had the little turkey, just like they said it would! Best wishes for a smooth, easy pregnancy ❤️

  • I had heart palpitations during my second pregnancy as wellnever ever had a problem with them before. And it was almost always in th evening when I’d get them. Was finally diagnosed with afib (dr believed the pregnancy was causing it). Long story short after a bunch of tests and nothing working, a friend who was dealing with the same thing said her midwife told her she was deficient in potassium. I started taking potassium supplements and they stopped completely, never had them since.

  • Have you used a lip scrub?? coconut oil is more natural for your body and you can use it on your lips and on your body to help dryness and to help prevent stretch marks xxx

  • I’ve always had heart palpitations(runs in my family) and it got worse when pregnant, especially with #2. Just take deep breaths, cough hard, sit down. Those helped me.

  • The first time I got heart palpitations it scares the crap out of me and then just like you said it got annoying. They always happened at bed time too.

  • Regarding chapped lips, I swear by Carmex! Been using it for years. It’s easier to use it in stick form, but they also make pots you have to stick your finger into. I think they might be discontinuing the sticks in Strawberry flavor, but I hope I’m wrong. They’re my favorite!

  • Is it weird that I was falling asleep to this video (since it it’s 1:30 in the morning) but your guys voices were so soothing when I closed my eyes ��

  • I’ve been watching since before Micah and it’s so awesome to see how you guys have grown and how big Micah is getting! I’m so excited to see baby next year! I think it’s gonna be a girl��

  • I’m pretty new here. I found ya through Men Try. It hasn’t taken me but a few days to become totally involved with ya’ll. Wonderful family.

  • You guys are my fav YouTube family! I found y’all from your first pregnancy announcement and I am so happy to see you pregnant again very exciting ❤️❤️ adorable family! kickass parents! ����

  • Yeeees i got that too with my second pregnancy…. BUT it never went away after. I have been checked with sooo many doctors. Everything is fine. Just sometimes i have this. Soooooo annoying �� my second baby is now 14 months….

  • Melaleuca has a great one I got from my sister and it is cheap it is a company that sells nothing but all natural products is so worth it and don’t feel like any other lip stuff I’ve ever used and I’ve done them all even their lotion you should check it out its http://www.melaleuca.com

  • Palpitations can be common, anytime in life. If they continue, your doctors can do an easy echocardiogram to check for Mitral Valve Prolapse or any other issue. MVP is common in women.

  • I didn’t know heart palpitations were a symptom of pregnancy, but it makes sense. I get them due to anxiety and who knows what else.

  • I’ve had heart palpitations since high school. I get short of breath when they happen! Just thought I would give you a heads up so it doesn’t catch you off guard ��

  • I have had heart palpitations too. When I called my Dr, he said as long as it doesn’t reach 110-120 bpm, then I’m ok. He suggested a heart tracker. If it does continue, talk to your Dr about prenatal hypertension. My Dr said it’s pretty common and not a big deal. I got a Fitbit versa lite and it’s really helpful

  • I had nausea all day everyday with my son so maybe a boy hehe. What helped me was peppermint essential oil. Put a couple drops under your tongue. Worked awesome for me and no more nausea. Also keep some peppermint losenges with you to suck on as well keep the nausea at bay.

  • If the heart palpitations continues maybe get a heart eco and EKG done just to make sure your heart it fine. Congrats on your 2nd.

  • I had really bad lightheadedness in my early half of my pregnancy. It caused me to pass out at the grocery store when I was 16w. My doctor thinks I would get low blood pressure at times especially when I would stand up to quick or ran around to much. So they made sure I took slow release iron and when I would feel off/lightheaded. I was to sit down and try to get my feet up as high as I could until it passed. But I had also found if I tried to eat more lil snacks or meals I wouldnt get as lightheaded as often.

  • Omg..I had heartburn and sickness for full 9 months…Gavascon by the gallons lol..but fizzy sweets help aswell…daughter came out with so much hair,I could put a bow in her hair,…Vaseline for lips sweetheart…..p.s she’s 32 now..was 7 years married yesterday……..take care beautifull lady x��

  • Jess, a granny here and let me clue you in… try plain old coconut oil on your lips. I do it at night and my chapped lips are smooth by morning. During the winter months I keep little tubs of solid coconut oil all around my house and swipe it on when I feel my lips chapping. It has been a life/lip saver!

  • I took a test…neg…but im late!! I do have back pain but not painful and almost ready to puke but ill shake it off…dr says since im not a patient nothin they can do unless test is positive…sooo yea impatient!!!! How cool to be pregnant w u!!! Prayers please i am#!

  • Jess I make homemade organic lip balm and sugar scrubs that r great for winter skin issues. What relaxing scents do you like? I would love to send ya a little goodie box.

  • I’ve been watching you guys since y’all were midway through pregnancy with Micah. We were pregnant at around the same time, but unfortunately we lost our son to SIDS at 4mo. It has been a comfort to follow your family and Micah’s precious smile. Please keep sharing! ❤️❤️❤️

  • When I was pregnant with my second baby I had morning sickness the whole 9 months. A old wives tale if you have a lot of morning sickness your baby will have a lot of hair my son looked like a little monkey when he was born he had hair all over his body. The hair on his little body wore off but when he was a teenager and grew up into man he has a lot of hair on his chest and his back just like when he was a baby.

  • We bought the same car seat after seeing you guys have it!!! We loved it but my daughter outgrew it at 8 months and she is just an average size. I’m surprised Micah hasn’t hit the height limit at least!!!

  • Hello mam mera 13 week chal raha hai aur muze humesha chest me kuch atka hua hai aisa lagta hai…aur khane ke bad vomiting bhi hota.

  • I have had heart palpitations my whole life. Do to a congenital heart defect. But they got worse when I was pregnant. Just stay calm when it happens and try to relax.

  • I had heart palpitations all through my pregnancy with my son, they went away as soon as he was born, like most symptoms. All my doctors told me that they were nothing to worry about:)

  • I’ve been following along with you guys since you found out you were pregnant with Micah and wow she is too precious for this world

  • Honestly, I would 150% be down to watch a “day in the life of my baby” just following Micah around with her routine and her being hilarious and adorable like even if it was an hour long I’d enjoy that

  • Baby with her baby, that was the cutest! Have to know, are you going with the soccer mom van or dirt bike dad truck? Even though I gained over 200 pounds with my pregnancy (really bad pregnancy) I would get so cold I would vibrate! I had high blood pressure before and it went away when I was pregnant! Excited to see the Christmas video!

  • Also, I’ve never been pregnant but I know that ginger ale helps with nausea and works wonders with me. I keep a bottle by my bed & sip it if I wake up feeling a bit sick

  • Might sound weird but try nipple cream (lanolin) on your lips. My sons bottom lip cracked right in the middle to where it was bleeding. I kept putting coconut oil but it would come right off with his drool and fingers. He was somewhere between 4-5 months old at the time. I was at a loss as to what to do! Then I got the brilliant idea to try lanolin! I knew it was safe for baby if it got ingested and it helped my nips immensely with my first baby. IT WORKED!!! He was heeled in just a couple days. It’s worth a shot mama!

  • I first found you guys when my fiance and I watched your Disney Cruise video! We are getting married September 2020 and are also going on a Disney Cruise! I love watching your videos and love watching your family grow! ❤

  • I love seeing Micah walking around! She’s so cute but you’re so right Jess you’re not gonna be able to protect her from every bump and bruise. This time/age/ milestone until she’s three or so she’s gonna get all the scratches, bruises, and bumps every where. My daughter is two and a half, she runs she hurts herself but she’s very resilient. She doesn’t really cry unless she’s very hurt. I’ve seen her hit her head against the wall and she’ll be unfazed. Helicopter parenting becomes you right now that’s she’s walking around.

    Jess your snack looks sooooo good, I’m such a popcorn craver fiend!

  • Nipple cream is really good for chapped lips! Lansinoh is the one I used not sure if you get that in the US? I also had racing heart with my son throughout my pregnancy xxx

  • Oh gosh! I get heart palpitations all the time!! It feels like my heart stops, then beats super hard, and other times it beats super quickly like you mentioned it feels like your chest twitching! Honestly kinda scary! I have to like take a deep breath and just breathe to stop it. I hope it stops soon for you!!

  • I had heart palpitations with my daughter. They went away after a few weeks. I only had heart burn 2x once in the 1st trimester and in the 3rd. She craved bbq and wet carne asada burritos. Doctors were surprised I didn’t get indigestion more since she was born with a full head of hair!

  • Best thing I have used for my chapped lips is Auquaphor. Not their lip product, but the healing ointment. It comes in a tube or a jar. Put it on when I go to bed and within 2 nights my lips are soft and hydrated! It’s amazing!

  • I had high blood pressure after my seventh month of pregnancy. My doctor had to put me off work for the remaining of the pregnancy.

  • I didn’t have heart palps with my first, but had them with my second baby who’s now 11 months. It’s very scary, but my OB said it’s very normal.

  • As a friendly reminder cause i know life can be hectic at times but i wanted to remind you that there is a birthday package for Mica at your post office =)

  • Jess hope your nausea goes soon,i used to have a milk arrowroot biscuit and it helped. Your patio out the back looks great. Micah needs a little carrier for her baby, she looked so cute carrying her doll.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • I had terrible heart problems my first pregnancy. Before I had my son I had gerd already then when pregnancy hit it got 1000 times worse. Our son almost had a heart murmur because of it. How I knew was I was very sick constantly like I wasn’t eating and I had the flu. So with how I was feeling I decided to take a test just for giggles to give me. Little laugh and then instead of a laugh I had a heart attack.

  • मॅम,
    खूप महत्त्वपूर्ण जानकारी है I
    मुझे भी सांस लेने मे तकलीफ हो रही है l और दिलकी धडकन धिमी चल रही है I इस जानकारी से मुख्य कारण पता चला 1

    पाहिले 3 महिने मे क्या क्या खाना चाहिए और क्या नही खाए I
    इसपर एक व्हिडीओ बनाइए|

  • I get heart palpations from my ptsd �� theyre not very nice at all. Sometimes it feels like a fluttering feeling in my chest and up my throat, and others it just races for a while. There was no physiological reason for it drs confirmed which is comforting, but they still aren’t pleasant at all!

  • I have had heart palpitations since I’ve been older from stress and anxiety. So when I got pregnant they only became more frequent, they put me on a heart monitor for 24 hrs and did an ultrasound of my heart and everything is good. We we’re just in emergency labor and delivery yesterday becuz of some of thing we thought was goin to make us have the baby and they wouldn’t let us go due to my heart rate so high. But we’re all good!

  • what i found that works gret for my cheaped lips while pregnant and after ill rub a little coconut oil on them if they are really bad and spliting ill switch between coconut oil and antibiotic ointment

  • I’m so glad you don’t have as bad of morning sickness as I do! I had to be hospitalized for 3 days because I couldn’t keep fluids down, but luckily baby still looks healthy and happy ☺️. Praying that everything keeps going well for you all and can’t wait to see baby Spomer #2 again!

  • Her hair is getting so long! It seems almost overnight that you and Austin found out you were pregnant with Mika and now she’s over one and has a brother sister on the way!! Congratulations you too very beautiful family!

  • You can try and use coconut oil for the lips. Helped me alot and now I barely need to use anything for my lips and they are soft ��

  • I developed cardiomyopathy due to pregnancy after my twins; our bodies go through so much but we end up bouncing back… I’m better now ��

  • Hi there… I’m 19 weeks pregnant. I’m feeling some flutters it’s everyday, strong and could be felt by others as well if they keep hand on my upper abdominal area. It is just below the breast mainly in the in the centre but it sometimes is on left or right or more closer to navel but mainly above the navel. Is it normal? Is it the baby movement that I’m feeling?