Causes of tachycardia in pregnancy
It is unfortunately not possible to talk about the specific causes of tachycardia. They can be completely different, besides all factors are not fully understood. Among pregnant women, the main cause of development of tachycardia is considered by doctors to be a high content of sex hormones, which lead to increased heart rate. Significant factors are also weight gain in pregnancy, accelerated metabolism, anemia and hypotension, with strongly expressed toxicosis - a change in the water-electrolyte balance.
Owing to the displacement of the enlarged uterus, even anatomical positioning of the heart is possible. If a woman continues to smoke and drink alcohol during pregnancy, she can also develop a tachycardia.
Very often, tachycardia reaches its peak in the third trimester of pregnancy. Since the sixth month the number of heart beats per minute increases by fifteen or twenty times per minute. This phenomenon is quite natural, because with the growth of the fetus and the increase in the size of the uterus, with an increase in the weight of the pregnant woman, the load on the heart increases significantly by the end of the period of bearing the child.
Symptoms of tachycardia in pregnancy
Of course, talking about tachycardia is necessary individually for each organism, but if taken in general, the pregnancy is diagnosed if the heart rate exceeds 90 strokes in minute at rest.
Such attacks of rapid heartbeats occur from time to time and normally, without the development of pathology from the side of the cardiovascular system - they pass by themselves and do not require any correction. But you should be especially careful if your heart rate is 120 beats per minute or more. This can worsen overall health, weakness, dizziness and nausea, and even loss of consciousness. If there are such episodes, then it is necessary to be observed at the doctor, perhaps even the appointment of treatment. During heart attacks, provide yourself with mental and physical rest.
In addition to rapid heartbeat, weakness and nausea, a woman during an attack of tachycardia can feel numbness in various parts of the body. Chest pain, The state of anxiety and a sharp decline in strength are also signs of tachycardia.
Whether tachycardia is dangerous during pregnancy
If we talk about tachycardia and do not tie it to pregnancy, then palpitations are dangerous for any person. But when a woman is waiting for a child, tachycardia is quite common, and because of this, one should not worry much. Many doctors explain: small attacks of tachycardia provide the fetus with the necessary nutritional components and sufficient oxygen, because the heart is forced to work more actively, accelerating blood flow and activating the movement of oxygen and nutrients through the vessels.
The doctor should be consulted if the tachycardia causes nausea and vomiting. This may indicate a heart condition. The future mother should be alerted and very long bouts that last too long.
During an attack of tachycardia, you should not worry much, it's better to lie down and relax. In a few minutes everything will pass, and the heart will again work in normal mode. And after the birth of the baby the rapid heart rate will disappear.
With tachycardia during pregnancy, discontinue any medications. Remember, taking medicine in your position is strictly prohibited without consulting a doctor. Especially in the norm of attacks of tachycardia during pregnancy occur infrequently and last for long, the main thing is not to panic.
Any of your actions should be coordinated with a specialist. At pregnancy do not forget, that the most important thing - to keep health to the future kid and to itself.