For many years, medical experts have believed that it’s not safe for women with cardiac problems to get pregnant. And while research shows that pregnancy and childbirth for women with congenital heart defects can still be especially risky, it’s not impossible — so long as expectant mothers are under careful supervision and their complex health conditions are properly managed. But, that’s not to say that carrying a child will necessarily be a breeze.
“For the majority of patients, the ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term will present little problem,” according to the American Heart Association. “For those with complex CHD, pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk compared with women with milder forms of CHD, regardless of whether they are clinically stable at the time of conception.”
As your heart essentially works overtime during pregnancy and your blood volume increases by 30 to 50 percent to nourish your growing baby — labor and delivery also intensifies this workload —…
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