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Question about pulse...

Postby anjiev21 » Tue Nov 18, 2003 04:07 pm

What should your pulse be during pregnancy? At what point is it dangerous? I can't seem to find much info on this...
Thanks for all the help! [:)]
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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby laura » Tue Nov 18, 2003 06:48 pm

From what I have read... the average (non-pregnant) pulse is around 72, and pregnancy will raise it around 10 Beats per minute to 82 BPM.

Tachycardia is diagnosed at 100 BPM and you should go into labor and delivery if your resting pulse is 120 or above. Sometimes, fast pulse is a symptom of PE. Hope that helps!

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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby taras mom » Wed Nov 19, 2003 03:48 am

Keep in mind that those are resting pulses. Unless your doctor says otherwise, if you work out it's safe to exercise in the training zone as you normally would. (There's a good explanation of the training heart rate at http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/activity/thr.htm.)

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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby buffy » Wed Nov 19, 2003 06:48 am

Every time I go to the Dr they take my bp and pulse and each time my pulse is about 100 sometimes 105 or 110. they haven't said anything to me about that being bad should I ask them or do you think that they would have told me if this was a bad sign?
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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby jjbeck » Wed Nov 19, 2003 07:55 am

what is your pre pg pulse?
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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby laura » Wed Nov 19, 2003 08:55 am

Buffy- here's my non-medical, non-expert opinion- nobody got really excited over my pulse, either. When your heart beats quickly, often your blood doesn't do as great a job of carrying oxygen through your body, making you feel breathless. When I'd hit 100, I'd start feeling like a fish out of water- huffing and puffing.

From what I understand, hitting 100 BPM isn't dangerous in and of itself- but if the symptoms that accompany it are too unpleasant (and I was nearly passing out walking down the aisle in the grocery store) then you should make a deal out of it. Beta blocker antihypertensives are good for slowing your pulse down.

And absolutely go in to ER/Labor and delivery if it hits 120 and get put on a heart monitor-- WAY too fast isn't good for your heart.

How ARE you feeling, by the way?[:)]

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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby buffy » Wed Nov 19, 2003 11:15 am

LAura,
Pulse hasn't reached that yet, thank God, and I don't usually feel out of breath or like I'm going to pass out.[:)]

We ar doing well, baby has dropped and I lost my mucus plug yesterday (I'm pretty sure) but I will find out more details today about our progression. WE have an appointment in an hour so we will see. As far as the pree symptoms go, my BP has been hoovering at about 140/85 on average when I take it at home after laying on my side for an hour or so, the swelling has progressed a bit now I feel my nose is widening and my hands have a hard time gripping and writing my feet also seem to stay constantly swollen(but not too much), the only other symptom that may be a problem is that my vision has been a little blurred on occasion, maybe not a problem though. So I guess today will tell, they will do another urine test as usual and then tell me what's up. I am at 36 wks 2 days so I think that at this stage if in fact I do have pree they won't be worried about her, I'm pretty sure she's fully developed, just not very fat. I will let you know tomorrow, Thanks for asking.[^]
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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby anjiev21 » Fri Nov 21, 2003 05:19 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know...
Went to new OB today (finally) and told him of problems I have been having with my pulse. I've been having headaches every day, which seem to get worse when my pulse goes up. My b/p seemed to be normal (110/70) but my pulse would almost always be 110+ after doing nothing other than sitting. At times my sitting pulse rate was up as high as 140. I noticed when I didn't have the headaches, my b/p was about the same, but my pulse was around 80. I've been feeling very dizzy, and have been seeing spots every day. It is only getting worse, not to mention all the other problems I've been having.
Well, much to my surprise, my b/p reading at the OB was 138/98. The nurse & I both thought maybe it was an error, so I relaxed, we waited, and tried again. Got the same reading. My b/p has never been so high in my life! [:(] Plus, my pulse rate was 114, which according to the doctor, was way too high. He referred me to another doctor, saying he thinks there is a problem with my heart. What worries me even more though, it will be another week before I can see the other doc, and I think the home bp monitor I have isnt reading right! It is still telling me my b/p is around 110/75. Meanwhile, the OB is running blood tests but will be out of office until Dec. The only advice he gave me was to cut my salt intake, and wasn't too concerned about the b/p reading. Is there anything else I should be doing?
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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby alysa » Sun Nov 23, 2003 09:39 am

I'd definitelly get another dr.'s opinion. Make sure he is not disregarding your BP, my first dr. was waiting for signs of protien in my urine, which I never had, I developed PIH not preeclampsia, which is still serious. When I had PIH my first pregnancy I did eat low sodium foods and I do think it can help.

I would tell your insurance or your doctor that you'd like an appt. with a specialist (perinatologist). It sounds like you are developing hypertension as well and make sure your dr. is checking the signs for preeclampsia. I have a high pulse as well and am watching my bp. I believe if it goes up at any point it is a concern. Maybe bed rest could help. I put a lot of info under the BP Very Healthy... Topic - maybe you can ask your doctor about any opinions I have (always check with your doctor first before taking any suggestions).

If you feel very badly Call your dr. right away. A Cardiologist visit could be beneficial too.

Take care

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Re : Question about pulse...

Postby lisac » Sun Nov 23, 2003 10:41 am

Hi there,
Would it be possible to go to your doctor's office tomorrow and compare your bp monitor to theirs? You wouldn't even need an appt.; you could just have the nurse quickly help you. It's really important that you know if the machine is reading correctly.
Since your normal doctor may not be accessible over the Thanksgiving holiday, has he/she told you when the pulse is too high and you should go in to Emergency? Have you been told when bp is high enough that you should be checked out by the on-call doc or Emergency? I'd hate for you to have to figure these things out yourself if your normal doc. isn't around and it's late Thurs. night. It's just nice to be prepared (in the rare event of emergency) and have a gameplan. Please get the monitor checked so that you can have peace of mind that those low readings are accurate!
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