About Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy

BIDMC obstetrician listening to patient with stethoscope

Cardiovascular disease before, during and after pregnancy can pose unique challenges for you and your baby. At BIDMC, our multidisciplinary team—including maternal-fetal medicine specialists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and social workers—is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to optimize your health.

Whenever possible, we encourage patients with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions to begin planning with your medical team before conception to best understand the risks of pregnancy, optimize your health and prepare to manage your condition safely.

Pre-existing cardiovascular conditions may include:

Your team will put together a prenatal plan that may include advanced cardiovascular imaging that is safe for use during pregnancy. In addition to prenatal care, cardiac and obstetric anesthesiologists will help guide your delivery plan to prepare for specific scenarios that may occur.

Sometimes, cardiovascular conditions present themselves during pregnancy without a pre-existing condition. This may include:

Read more about ensuring a heart healthy pregnancy, and about one patient's experience.

Our Specialty Care Team

All of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists are experts in taking care of patients with complicated medical conditions before and during pregnancy. Together with our multidisciplinary clinic partners, we can help coordinate care with your primary obstetrician to provide the highest level of care for you and your baby.

Cardiovascular Leads