I too had CHF while pregnant and was told I could never have another baby that it would end in my death. I developed super-imposed peeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome which went into pulmonary edema multi-symptom failure including congestive heart failure. My baby was born 8 weeks early and I was in CCU for 5 days on a vent but now I am fine as is my baby.
I don't believe in abortion and for no reason would have an abortion. I believe that at any risk to myself that I was given the baby and it not up to me to kill it. With this being said my advice would to keep the baby find a good cardiologist to follow your pregnancy and if any problems should arise they can handle it. Actually the death rate of someone delievering a baby after Pregnangy induced CHF is small and has something to do with how you did after the CHF. If you recovered well then your chances are very good. The changes for you to deliver a health full term baby is very good with your health intact also.
Only you can decide what is best for you and your family. Good Luck to you and God Bless.
Exactly. It is YOUR decision. Get opinions from medical specialists as to the risks to you from continuing the pregnancy, and do some soul searching with your significant other as to whether you want to take the risks or not. You have another child who needs you very much, too. All factors must be taken into consideration. It is a very personal decision that can ONLY be made by you and your spouse together.
Always bear in mind that the opinions given here are given by people who are not living your life. It's not difficult to armchair quarterback someone elses decision when it does not affect you personally.
Pregnancy induced CHF is called PPCM, Peripartumcardiomyopathy. You need to see a high risk OB and a cardio. I had PPCM 6 years ago and am still struggling with it. My EF is now 45%.
If you did have it before, it can reoccur. If your health and EF recovered in the 1st 6 months you have a good chance of not getting it again, but it's important to make sure you cover all your bases.
Please see your Doctor.
I have chf and I just found out that I am pregnant.
I do not want to have an abortion I dont believe in that.
My ejaction fraction is 45% I want to keep this baby. need more information my heart docter took me off some medication. I do not believe in abortion
I have CHF and my EF is 40% I am about to get remarried and already have 3 kids but we want to have another baby. I was told by my cardiologist that I could not have a baby due to my condition. Is it possible for me to go to a high risk OB and be ok? Please help! Me and my soon to be hubby really want a baby of our own.
I'm 26 and I have chf. I was 23 when I had my son I was told that I needed to terminate my pregnancy because there was high risk for me or the baby or both. Back then my ef was 40% I could not come to grips with having an abortion. I had my son and we both were fine. Once again I'm 8 wks. and I'm faced with the same decision. My husband and I agreed to take it month by month.
hi i have a weak heart and have chf i am 6 weeks pregnant what should i do i go see my heart dr tomorrow any advice will i be ok i am scared
So did you go on with the second pregnancy
I was diagnosed with CHF and an enlarged heart 8 months earlier and was also informed that I had an EF of less than 25%....I unexpectedly became pregnant at age 36 with my 3rd child and because of this I was told by my cardiologist to terminate, for I was at risk of losing my life and/or our unborn child. I myself like so many others feel strongly against abortion.... so I decided to push forward and keep it. I was immediately assigned to high risk ob/gyn doctors and had dr. visits twice a week throughout my entire pregnancy....but that's a small inconvenience when you consider you're basically fighting for your life and this precious baby's. It was a little rough but not too bad... nothing you can't handle with a great support team. My husband and our other children were very helpful in this ordeal. I had my child which was a girl...so we know have 3 daughters....(I was hoping for a boy) but its ok... I am so grateful... to the doctors, my husband and most definitely to God! He provided me strength and faith through prayer that HE would see me through and HE did! I say all this to say......if you understand nothing else I wrote.....remember to trust GOD..... he has the final say...once you've done all that you can do on your end just Let go and let God! I don't care if you felt you made a careless mistake and should have used birth-control or you overlooked getting your tubes tied.....or your spouse not getting his tied in time. Everything happens for a reason make a choice and go with it. Ask God to cover your decision and move in faith. Be encouraged.....and rest assured...that God always...no matter what they might say.....has the final word. You must believe.
I am 31 going on 32. I am a mother of 3. I had my first child at age 20. Had a healthy pregnancy and gave birth to her a month early. She was 6lbs and healthy. 6years later I gave birth to my first son and about 2days after having him, while still in the hospital I got CHF. I stayed in the hospital almost a month, spent my first week in CCU because doctors told my mom I wasn't going to make it. Thanks to God, I walked out of CCU. I went home on blood pressure meds and 4 other meds. It took 5months to fully recover from that. My doctor told me it was best not to have any more kids because I'd be high risk and it could cost me my life. 3years later after not wanting any more kids I ended up pregnant again. I was now high risk and my doctor monitored my pregnancy very close, taking all the steps to prevent CHF again. After giving birth to my second son and going home I went to the ER for shortness of breath and found out I had CHF again. Once again my life at risk It took 3months to recover from that. I'm alive today but I could have been dead. God gave me another child and a second chance. I git my tubes tied in hopes of not having any more kids. I don't believe in abortion, but if your life is at risk by all means consider all options. God also gives us 5 sense. Please don't take it lightly when the doctors tell you it's not safe. You have other kids to raise and they will need a mom. Take it from someone who has stared death in the face one too many times. I pray that your situation works out or did work out.