I started to have occasional fluttering in my chest while I was pregnant. The doctor assured me that this can happen due to hormones and is normal. After having my baby, the fluttering continued, but I was nursing so I figured hormones could still be high.
A few months after my baby was born, when the gaps between his feedings got bigger, I decided to have a drink one night. My heart rate dropped and became extremely irregular, to the point that I almost asked my husband to take me to the hospital. It cleared up in about 20 minutes.
I talked to my doctor, and she said it wasn't something to worry about unless I got dizzy. So, a couple of months later, I tried half of a beer. The same thing happened as before, and though my heart was beating slowly, it felt like I was catching my breath after running, or taking my first breaths after having held my breath.
That was a few days ago, and I'm still having issues today. This morning, my heart was skipping every 2-3 beats and I had a resting heart rate of 55 bpm. Later this afternoon, feeling winded after a regular amount of activity, I checked my pulse again and found it at 42 bpm.
I haven't had a drop of alcohol since the beer. What could be causing this, and what should I do?