To maintain the condition of pregnant women who have heart disease, the best way is to live a healthy lifestyle while continuing to regularly check with the doctor.
There are several things that need to be done to prevent pregnancy complications due to heart disease in pregnant women, including:
- Routine pregnancy control. Visit your midwife or obstetrician regularly according to a predetermined schedule during pregnancy.
- Take medication as directed. The doctor will prescribe the safest medication with the most appropriate dose for your condition. Always take prescription drugs as directed.
- Rest a lot. If you can, don’t skip daily naps and avoid strenuous physical activity.
- Monitor weight gain. Keep your weight gain in a safe range, so it doesn’t put additional stress on your heart.
- Avoid taboos. Do not smoke, consume alcohol, caffeine and illegal drugs.
- Manage stress. Managing stress and anxiety is also an important part of treating heart disease in pregnant women.
It’s a good idea to ask your obstetrician questions about your progress and find out what to expect during labor and delivery. Knowing what’s going on can help you feel more comfortable.
Can pregnant women who have heart disease give birth normally?
Pregnant women who have heart disease can give birth normally. In fact, caesarean section is rarely needed for pregnant women with heart disease. Even so, there will still be adjustments made by doctors to help the delivery process run more smoothly. Pregnant women with heart disease may be advised to give birth in a sideways position to the left or right and bend the legs until the knees are close to the chest.
In addition, the doctor may also use the help of forceps or a vacuum to help the baby come out faster, so that the mother does not have to push too much and add stress to the heart.
For pregnant women with a history of endocarditis, the doctor may give antibiotics before delivery so that the risk of infection can be reduced.