Your Heart During Pregnancy

Protect Your Heart During Pregnancy

Because of medical advances, more women survive congenital heart disease into their reproductive years. As a result, there is an increase in cardiac complications during pregnancy even in women who have had no previous symptoms of heart disease. Age may also be a factor as more women are establishing a career before becoming pregnant.

Women with congenital heart conditions need to consult with their Cardiologist before becoming pregnant. According to Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, MPH, FACC, director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Pennsylvania Hospital:

“Some women with repaired congenital heart disease can have a safe pregnancy with little risk. However, the normal physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, particularly those during the second and third trimesters, can worsen symptoms of congestive heart failure and arrhythmias and cause problems to develop – even in women exhibiting no symptoms before pregnancy. And no two patient situations are alike. A woman with heart disease should see a cardiologist for a full evaluation and risk assessment prior to conception, and a tailored course of treatment personalized to address her particular needs throughout her pregnancy.”

Heart attack risks increase in the last trimester of pregnancy
According to Uri Elkayam, a professor of medicine and obstetrics –gynecology at the University of Southern California:

Heart attacks affect about one in every 16,000 deliveries, occurring mostly in the last three months of pregnancy or first few weeks after delivery.”

Heart health is important for you and your unborn babyDuring pregnancy a woman’s body is under more stress than normal so there is an increase in heart attack risk. The heart pumps 40–50% more blood between mother and unborn child. The average heart rate of a pregnant woman may increase by 10 -15 beats per minute. A woman’s cardiovascular demands mimic mild exercise during the third trimester of pregnancy. Hormonal changes may make pregnant women more prone to blood clots. Changes in posture and weight distribution may decrease the body’s ability to return blood from the lower extremities to the heart.

Reduce Your Risk of a
Heart Attack during pregnancy
Prior to pregnancy, consult with your Healthcare Providers to assess your cardiac risk factors, if any. If you are diagnosed with heart disease, you can still have a healthy, full-term pregnancy but it is imperative you discuss pregnancy with a Cardiologist. Your Healthcare Providers will help you develop a heart healthy plan including dietary guidelines, exercise, weight monitoring, medications, and risk reduction. Even though it goes without saying, we’ll say it again: watch blood pressure, limit sodium intake, and stop tobacco, alcohol and risky substance use. Most of all, learn the warning signs of a heart attack. The chances are slim, but you need to prepare yourself so you can take immediate action.


Mom to Babe, Heart to Heart
It’s You Babe medical grade maternity supports may increase venous blood circulation and improve posture during pregnancy. Talk to your Healthcare Provider to determine if one of our garments might relieve your specific circulatory conditions or help you reduce aches and pains during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Heart Conditions Resources:

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Mom to Babe, Heart to Heart
Eating well and taking good care of yourself during your pregnancy provides the essentials your unborn child needs to arrive healthy and strong. During Heart Health Month, give some thought to the bond between you and your baby sent through your circulatory system. If you’re lower extremities are swelling, talk with your healthcare professional to see if one of It’s You Babe’s medical grade pregnancy supports might relieve the pressure on veins bringing blood back to your heart.

I typically have large babies (over nine pounds) and the support that I get from the cradle is tremendous! The cradle takes the weight of the baby off my abdomen and eases the back pain. In my third trimester I definitely can tell the difference on the days I wear the cradle and the days I do not. I generally have so much less pain on the days I wear my cradle.

– Traci, MI

Good circulation is important for your baby’s growth and nutrition. Let us help you achieve optimum conditions for your pregnancy as you anticipate your little one smiling up at you as they present Valentine’s Day cards year after year.

Get involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

It’s National Wear Red Day for Heart Health

It’s You Babe is proud to bring attention to National Wear Red Day, February 7. This is the tenth anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. It’s helped women of all ages to become more aware of how to live a heart healthy life to avoid heart disease.

It's You Babe, Manufacturer of Pregnancy SupportsAs manufacturers of pregnancy supports, we’re happy to help moms-to-be find out more about heart risk factors and want to spread the word that our Best Cradle and Prenatal Cradles may help improve blood circulation as blood returns to the heart from the lower extremities, a reason pregnant women sometimes get swollen ankles, legs, and feet.

So wear red today but also become well read about heart health throughout this and every year in your future. Read all about the Go Red for Women campaign at

10 years of success with the Go Red for Women campaign

Heart to Heart: Mother’s Bond before Birth

Learn how The American Heart Association is
Encouraging Pregnant Women to stay heart healthy

A key to heart health during pregnancy is maintaining proper blood circulation.
It’s You Babe’s Best Cradle and Prenatal Cradles support the tummy to ease pressure on veins bringing blood to the heart. Swollen ankles, feet and legs can be reduced making pregnancy more comfortable for moms-to-be.

I am currently 7 months pregnant with twins and have been wearing the Best Cradle for 2 months so far. It has been a life saver! The support … has truly kept the swelling on my legs and ankles down. If I am not wearing the cradle I notice immediately! It has also allowed me to continue on with my daily schedule and the doctors have all stated how impressed they are with my progression for a twin pregnancy … Thank you so much for this amazing product!!
— Stephanie G. from Maryland

Discover theheart to heart connectionbetween mothers andunborn babies
from the University of RochesterMedical Center, New York

Learn more aboutGo Red for Women

It’s You Babe Maternity Supports are recommended by healthcare professionals to bring comfort and relief from aches and pains to moms-to-be:

Best Cradle
Prenatal Cradle
Prenatal Cradle Plus
Mini Cradle
Hip Brace
Hip V2 Supporter
V2 Supporter

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Tell Us Your StoryWe’d love to hear about your heart health during pregnancy. Your experience with our It’s You Babe maternity supports may help others find relief from medical conditions and pain. Leave a comment (below) we can share with other moms-to-be. Thank You!