Pregnancy increases risks for heart problems


Milly Lee, 37, didn’t take her primary care doctor’s advice. The Round Rock mom was busy raising a toddler when at her annual checkup in 2021, her primary care doctor told her she needed to see a cardiologist about that heart murmur she had had since college.

She got pregnant with her second baby shortly after that doctor’s visit. “We’ll deal with this after the pregnancy,” she said she remembered thinking. After all, she was going to be seeing her obstetrician at least monthly for the next nine months.

“I’m usually a really good patient, but we had so much going on,” Lee said. Because her murmur had not bothered her, “What would be the harm in not dealing with it until after I’m done with pregnancies?” she remembers thinking.


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