by Ann Pietrangelo on Feb 14, 2022

Dr. Kecia Gaither is double board certified in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine, as well as director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. “There is an increase in heart rate, vascular volume, and cardiac output with a decrease in vascular resistance. If cardiovascular health is less than optimal, these changes can preclude to cardiac dysfunction,” Gaither told Healthline. Depending on the underlying cardiovascular issue, the consequences for both mother and baby can be disastrous, she said.

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