It’s way too early at 11.5 weeks for me to feel any really big baby flutters, but since about nine weeks, I’ve been feeling flutters in my heart.
I originally called them heart palpitations, because really I had no idea what else to call them. It would feel like my heart was beating super fast and then I had the urge to cough. Once I would do that, it would stop. I noticed them the night of Dec. 26 while I was spending some time reading. It was so annoying that I had to get up and change positions. The flutters went on for a while before bed. The following morning, I had several more.
I wanted to go outside and play in the snow with my kids, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that while I was having the flutters. I figured I was overreacting, but I decided to check in with my OB and see if this was normal. I made the call, there was much discussion and the next thing I knew, I had an appointment for later that day with instructions not to do anything to raise my heart rate in the meantime.
The flutters went on throughout the day. I visited with my OB and her concern was that I was experiencing episodes of supra ventricular tachycardia. While she’s not a cardiologist, she put me on a limited-activity restriction and told me to see a cardiologist.
I set up an appointment for Jan. 11. In the meantime, I had several more episodes, a couple a day at least, and one day of episodes that nearly sent me to the hospital.
Finally the day came for me to see the cardiologist. I was excited to possibly get some answers. The doctor was fantastic. He looked over my history, including an echocardiogram I had done in the summer to check on a mitral vale prolapse that I’ve had forever. He said the MVP didn’t show up on the echo but he still heard a murmur. My baseline EKG was great, showing that my PR wave, but that was actually a good thing.
He decided the next step would be a monitor, which is coming to me this week. I’ll wear it for a week, send it in for results and see the cardiologist for a follow up after that. From those results, he will determine what to do from there. If anything seems abnormal, I’ll have another echo.
I’ve been told to resume normal activity. It’s great news because I feel so flabby and gross lately that I feel like I’ve just been waiting to get back in the gym, which I promptly did the very next morning.
While this is something serious, I feel a lot more confident that it isn’t going to kill me tomorrow.
And now, I move on to the second trimester!