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30 Weeks pregnant with HORRIBLE PVCs/ Heart Flutters

Hello. I am a 37 year old woman and 30 weeks pregnant with my 5th child. I have had PVCs for about 4 or so years now. They started AFTER I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse. I think it was the anxiety of having a heart problem that set them off. The PVCs have always been here and there (a couple a day) aside from one occurrence when I had a bad episode of them for about a week. My last ECHO, stress test, and holter monitor was last November and everything came out fine.
I saw my cardiologist last month about these PVCS (they have gotten worse since then) and he was not concerned. He listened to my heart, checked my BP and pulse, said I was okay. Told me to stay away from sodium and fats (???). I have tried everything....magnesium, the cough, the bearing down, the cold water, exercising and nothing helps. The frequency is what scares the mess out of me. It "feels" like they are every beat, but they may not be that frequent. When I lay down to go to sleep at night they get even worse. It feels like my heart is flopping all over th place and then I don't want to go to sleep because I am scared.
I have a break down at least once a week because they are hard to cope with on top of everything else pregnancy brings. I do suffer from anxiety as well, so I am sure this doesn't help. I just cannot bring myself to believe these are benign or "normal". I have 4 children and one on the way and have to push myself everyday to take care of them. These PVCs make me feel so down and crumby!
Has anyone else dealt with these? Especially during pregnancy? Did they go away? I am at my wits end!!
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I am sorry to hear you aren't feeling well.  I suspect that being as far along as you are, your heart or the vagus nerve near the stomach is getting a bit compressed and flaring the ectopics up. Things like acid reflux are a very big trigger for my pvcs.  I am not sure if you are having any indigestion and if you can treat it while pregnant but if you are contact your doctor for suggestions.   In any event, hopefully once you have the baby it will subside but do try to work on finding some stress relief technics like deep breathing and talking yourself off the ledge reminding yourself that you will be fine.  I know it is hard when you don't feel good but in this instance it may be best to not treat the pvcs so as to protect the health of the baby.  They really are harmless unless you have a diseased heart so the more you can try and walk through the stress and anxiety and fear the better you will feel.  Maybe try and see if meditation helps.  I have had some good results from brain wave meditations as opposed to just pretty music.  I was quite surprised but they do lighten my mood.  Well hang in there and try to focus on the new life coming into your world to try and take your mind off your heart.  Feel better soon and keep us posted on how you are.
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Thank you so much. Your post made me feel better, Literally while I was reading it my PVCs stopped. Unfortunately, they are back this evening. I will keep everything you said in mind. I am already on a blood pressure medicine that is a beta blocker (Labetelol). I have been on it since my last baby (Dec 2011), but it does nothing for my flutters. It is a low dose.
Thank you again for your encouragement and I will surely keep you posted.
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