Heart Skipping

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 23 weeks (27 years old) and started having bigymony pvc's which my heart skips very other beat, I get very winded but no dizziness, or syncope. The cardiologist said my blood work, urine, echo cardiogram, were all within normal limits.

I am a paramedic, some what stressful job but has been ok until now. They said my heart looks good and does the baby, and I can go back to work. Which is great. But they still don't know why this is happening or what has started it. And I still get very winded trying to talk and walk while this is happening.

I don't drink any caffeine, smoke, no medical problems and i take my vitamins everyday. I have gained 8lbs so far. I gained 19 with my first child. Have you ever heard of this before? Any suggestions??

Thanks for you time,

ANSWER

Yes, it can happen during pregnancy. But I agree, since you have been thoroughly checked out, you are probably ok. I would suggest, however, that when you are having these problems, you listen to your body and slow it way down, sit or lie down, and chill out.

You may not have had syncope so far, but we definitely do not want to "go there." Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.