Your heart doesn’t beat just for you, and this is especially true for pregnant women.
Dr. Julie Master, a cardiologist with RWJBarnabas Health and a member of the Barnabas Health Medical Group, says pregnancy can be like a stress test on a woman’s heart. The moment she becomes pregnant, a variety of changes take place, affecting everything from blood flow, to heart rate to hormones. Most healthy moms won’t experience heart issues during pregnancy, she adds, but there are symptoms that could indicate a cardiac condition. She explains here.

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