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If I have mild pulmonary hypertension during pregnancy, shortness of breath and a racing heart can labor make this worse?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Certainly

Your obstetrician and cardiologist will have to follow you closely during the pregnancy.
Labor puts stress on your entire body including your heart, so they may decide that an elective c-section is safest. If you have a trial of labor, an epidural can help control the pain and make the experience less stressful. But it would not decrease the stress on the heart of actually giving birth.

In brief: Certainly

Your obstetrician and cardiologist will have to follow you closely during the pregnancy.
Labor puts stress on your entire body including your heart, so they may decide that an elective c-section is safest. If you have a trial of labor, an epidural can help control the pain and make the experience less stressful. But it would not decrease the stress on the heart of actually giving birth.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Labor can impose substantial and prolonged stress.
In some cases a c section is advisable.

In brief: Yes

Labor can impose substantial and prolonged stress.
In some cases a c section is advisable.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Yes

You should review your symptoms in detail with your physician.

In brief: Yes

You should review your symptoms in detail with your physician.
Dr. Charles Burger
Dr. Charles Burger
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