Time is flying by! I can’t believe I’m already 23 weeks along!!! This week was filled with some fun get-togethers with old friends and family, but also a small health scare. About two years ago I was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia called paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, which basically means every now and then my heart beats at an irregular rate. Because of this underlying condition, from the start of my pregnancy was being followed by a high risk OB, also known as Maternal Fetal Medicine physician. They were monitoring me and the plan was for me to just take my medications as needed in hopes of avoiding medication during pregnancy. But things changed yesterday. While I was taking a nice stroll to the local Starbucks during my work break, I started to feel my heart racing, sweating profusely and felt lightheaded…unfortunately all part of what happens when one of the episodes kick in. Thankfully one of my besties that’s also a physician was with and got me back to the clinic so that I could get my medication ASAP and some medical attention. Thank goodness after a few doctor visits and ultrasounds, everything is still going well with the pregnancy and out little one is growing perfectly! The downside is now I have to have closer monitoring for the duration of my pregnancy from my regular OB, high risk doctor and cardiologist…talk about trying to fit all those doctor appointments in! Also now I have to take my medication daily to help keep my heart rate regular. Hopefully things will stay in tune for the duration of the pregnancy.
I’m sharing this because I think it’s a good eye opener that not everything goes as planned during your pregnancy. I really did not want to have to take medication daily, but if its for the health of my little one I’ll do anything I have to. If your doctor needs to start you on medication for any medical reason throughout your pregnancy, make sure to do your research and ask all of your questions. There are lots of medications that are safe in pregnancy as long as you have close monitoring. Hope your pregnancy is going well! Enjoy every second of it….it flies by so fast!