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Pregnant Women With Heart Disease
- Aug 31, 2018 -

The 2018 European Society of Cardiology's guidelines for the management of cardiovascular diseases while pregnant was recently published online in the European Heart Journal, as well as the ESC website. The guidelines included a recommendation that women with heart disease give birth at no later than 40 weeks gestation, according to Science Daily.

Professor Jolien Roos-Hesselink, Co-Chairperson of the Guidelines Task Force and Cardiologist, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands told the outlet that pregnancy beyond 40 weeks has "no added benefit for the baby and may even have negative effects." For this reason, labor should be induced or a Caesarean Section should be induced at 40 weeks, according to Science Daily. While many pregnancy risks are increased when women have a heart disease, it is possible to safely manage cardiovascular conditions and have a successful pregnancy. In such cases, knowledge and preparation are key. The added recommendation concerning gestational time adds to the existing advice for pregnant women with heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.

Heart disease poses a big risk to pregnant women. Your heart is working overtime throughout pregnancy, pumping 40 percent more blood to your organs, according to Parents. For that reason, those with heart disease have a much greater risk of death or heart failure during pregnancy, Science Daily reported. And while most women with heart disease go on to have a perfectly healthy pregnancy, they are at a higher risk of premature labor, preeclampsia, and postpartum hemorrhage.