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Mothers pulse... 
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During my last pregnancy, from the second trimester onwards my pulse was constantly high.  I had so many ECG's and ultrasounds of the heart, but everything came back fine.  It was constantly between 120 - 150 bpm.  I was also short of breath.

2 days ago I was in the ED of the local hospital with gastro, and again, my pulse was high , averaging at 130 bpm and BP was low.  The doctors were all freaking out about it, and even pleading with them that it was normal didn't calm them.  The shortness of breath hasn't occurred - I feel as normal as one can be in pregnancy :)

Does anyone know what the resting pulse of a pregnant woman should be around?  (I'm 20 weeks)
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25th-Nov-2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh, goodness, that does sound high! My heart rate is usually in the upper 80's or 90's prepregnancy and even then the doctors comment on how fast my heart rate is. I really don't know if this is related at all, but once the doctors gave me two bags of fluid in an attempt to get my heart rate down when I came to the ER for an illness. So, perhaps making sure you drink plenty of water can help this?

"[During Pregnancy] the heart rate at rest speeds up from a normal prepregnancy rate of about 70 beats per minute to 80 or 90 beats per minute."
http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec22/ch257/ch257d.html

A faster heart rate is a sign of an unhealthy, weaker heart. The fact that your bp is low is also a cause for concern. So take care of yourself and keep an eye on your health!
25th-Nov-2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks - I think its good enough reason to avoid too much housework *laughs*
25th-Nov-2007 03:28 am (UTC)
I don't know about with pregnant women, but for most adults the pulse is usually in the 70's. I'm pretty sure if it's in the 100's it's tachy. 120-150 is not good for you (that's usually my low end/top end target heart rates when I'm exercising. Definitely not something that feels good at rest). Usually a high pulse and low blood pressure means dehydration. So, as with the above commenter, make sure you're drinking plenty of water.
25th-Nov-2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Ya, that's true. Mine is 130-140 during fairly strenuous exercise, and only goes over 150 if I'm running pretty damn hard.
25th-Nov-2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Thanks - the weird thing is, whilst my BP has gone a bit better, the pulse stayed high even after being pumped with saline through an IV. Odd.
25th-Nov-2007 03:39 am (UTC)
I don't know about most pregnant women, but my pulse is usually in the low 60's and it hasn't changed much since I've been pregnant. I'm only in the beginning of my second trimester, though, so it could go higher. But 130 is crazy high. I can see why people might freak out.
25th-Nov-2007 05:38 am (UTC)
My resting heart-rate (non-pregnant) was in the low 60's. With my last pregnancy, my resting heartrate went to 130's in my second trimester-I also had lots of tests, wore a monitor etc-and had mild tychardia. In pregnancy your heartrate can increase....we found out that I caught mono from a co-worker (I worked at a call center and he borrowed my headset.) An illness with pregnancy can cause your heart to work really hard.

Do you feel tired at all? With my heart working that hard-I felt exhausted. Also do you know what your normal resting heart rate was prior to pregnancy? Have you seen an actual cardiologist, not just ER staff?
25th-Nov-2007 06:05 am (UTC)
yeah I had the monitor and everything and saw a cardiologist last pregnancy, but they couldn't pinpoint anything.

I'm tired, but I blame that on looking after a restless toddler. It's just afternoons that it hits hard and I can barely stay awake, but I didn't think much of it. I have an ob appointment at the hospital in a week, I'll just have to discuss it with them.
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