Written on 15 June 2022
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in a woman's life. Expectant mothers experience many changes in their minds and bodies as there are two lives in one. Hormonal changes result in physical alterations such as changes in cardiac function, exhaustion, frequent urination, nausea, and vomiting. There also are a lot of psychological effects associated with these changes.
The cardiac function of an expecting mother significantly alters while she is carrying. Heart rate, cardiac output, and blood volume are all affected. When you are pregnant, your heart has to work harder because the heart has to pump more blood to your uterus as the fetus grows. The uterus receives one-fifth of your pre-pregnancy blood flow towards the end of the pregnancy.
A non-pregnant woman's heart rate or pulse rate should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute—however, the pulse rate rises by 15 to 20 beats per minute on average during pregnancy. The majority of this rise occurs in the first trimester and continues throughout the pregnancy. The amount of blood pumped by the heart, also called cardiac output, rises by 30 to 50%. At 30 weeks into the pregnancy, cardiac output begins to decrease gradually.
However, during childbirth, cardiac output increases by another 30%. Postpartum, cardiac output drops quickly at first, then slowly. Approximately six weeks following delivery, the cardiac output returns to pre-pregnancy levels.
There are at least four ways for you to check your pulse rate without the assistance of a monitoring device. The four methods are as follows:
The radial pulse method involves the feeling of the blood pumping through your radial artery, which is situated in your wrist. It is the easiest method.
The carotid pulse method involves feeling your blood pumping through your carotid artery located in your neck region. This method shows you how to check your pulse in the neck.
The pedal pulse is checked from the top of your foot.
This method involves checking your pulse from the brachial artery.
Although it is true that your heart rate increases by 15 to 20 beats per minute, it is vital to ensure that no limits are crossed, even the new heart rate has an upper limit and a lower limit which are ideal for your body to sustain. Anything above or below these limits could be unhealthy and could indicate how close you are to your delivery or even of unfavourable health conditions. This can be done by checking your pulse rate. Your pulse rate could give you a good idea about your overall health. Make sure you know how to check your pulse rate by yourself if the need arises.
Pulse Rate Changes During Pregnancy | livestrong
How to Check Heart Rate: 5 Methods and What Is Normal (healthline.com)
A Mother’s Heart — Inspire Chiropractic
Read from 5000+ Articles, topics, verified by MYLO.
100% Secure Payment Using
Stay safe | Secure Checkout | Safe delivery
Have any Queries or Concerns?
Trusted by 10+ million young parents Mylo is India’s #1 Pregnancy & Parenting App. Mylo app will guide you through your whole parenting journey. Download now