Pregnancy Health Tips for a Healthy Heart

Do you have a heart condition but want to start a family? We’re sharing a few health tips you should follow before and during your pregnancy to combat heart disease.

Regardless of your condition, schedule an appointment with your doctor before getting pregnant. If you have a heart condition, keeping your doctor up-to-date about your pregnancy plans means getting the best health information for you and your future baby.

Pregnancy Health Tips for a Healthy HeartIf you’re taking medication for heart disease or other heart-related issues, make sure your doctor and OB/GYN are aware. Keeping your medical professionals in the loop about your medications and past issues will ensure that you’re receiving the right treatment.

During pregnancy, expectant moms sometimes find themselves with higher blood pressure levels than before their pregnancy. If you already have high blood pressure then you’ll need extra monitoring while pregnant! To lower blood pressure, the American Heart Association recommends working out for a minimum of 30 minutes 5 times a week. Obviously your exercise levels will change once pregnant, so consult your OB/GYN about appropriate workout routines.

You don’t have to work out alone! Grab a friend (pregnant or not) and try to make a schedule you both can stick to. Prenatal exercise classes are great for staying healthy and making pregnant friends. As you move into your later weeks, make sure to listen to your body’s cues so you don’t push too hard while working out. Your heart and your baby will thank you!

A healthy heart makes all the difference while pregnant. Making the right diet and exercise choices can sometimes be difficult, but if you focus on making good habits out of eating and working out, chances are you’ll find pregnancy easier and less stressful. Treat your heart well!

Stay healthy, future moms! Share some health tips of your own in the comments.