Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Defects

Pregnancy and congenital heart disease is an important topic. How well a woman and the fetus do during pregnancy depends upon the type of heart problem the mother has. Any woman who has a heart problem and is planning pregnancy or has become pregnant should see her doctor. Many women with congenital heart disease are able to become pregnant and carry the pregnancy to term, delivering normal babies. For other women, there are risks involved with pregnancy. It is important to talk to your doctor if you are planning on becoming pregnant or are pregnant.

Pregnancy can be life threatening to a woman with congenital heart disease. There are some conditions that historically carry a higher risk of complications and even death during pregnancy or after delivery. Again, it is very important for any woman with a heart problem to speak to her doctor before pregnancy or when she first learns that she is pregnant.