Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Pounding Heart

You may experience a pounding or fluttering feeling in your chest starting in the second trimester of pregnancy. Find out what causes it and how to feel better.

What causes a pounding heart in pregnancy?

At times, you may feel a fluttering or pounding sensation in your chest, especially when standing up from a lying or sitting position. This odd feeling results from changes in your blood pressure as your circulation system quickly expands during the second trimester. It's usually not a sign of problems, but you should tell your doctor about it, particularly if you're also feeling short of breath or having chest pains.

What relieves a pounding heart in pregnancy?

Take it easy when you're getting out of bed or rising from a chair. Breathe deeply and stay still until you feel your heartbeat settling down again.

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