Fetal Electrocardiogram? - Nervous

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Fetal Electrocardiogram? - Nervous

Has anyone ever had one of these? Have you had it done or known anyone who has? I am extremely nervous about it.... It's done at 19 wks on top of your Anatomy scan and is usually done at a hospital. We are opting into it because my Father's side of the family has a heart and chest deformation. Enlarged Hearts and indented chest bones it's only been on the males. So my great grandfather, father, and my brother. It's not fatal, but it does possibly require some pretty major surgery around 15 years of age, which entails bars in his/her chest to make more space for the heart. We are just wanting to be prepared for the worst if it happens. With my son I did not know about the option to do one while pregnant and he had to be sedated at 6 months for a similar procedure.

I don't know if I am more nervous for the results or for the test itself. Our ultrasound is not until the 27th. Someone please tell me that I am being an overly nervous mom and nothings going to go wrong :/

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With DS's anatomy scan, they set more time aside to check his heart more thoroughly. I guess there is slightly higher risk for defects with IVF, but I don't think it was a full on electrocardiogram like you are having from reading the description online. I think the feelings you are having are normal. I would say not to be nervous but I would be feeling similar because I'm a worrier by nature. I guess try to focus on all the cool stuff you will get to see during your scan (I would say get excited for finding out the gender but you are waiting until the following month :)). Wanted to offer a :bigarmhug: because that is a tough thing to wait out.

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I had one done at 20 weeks. It is just like a normal ultrasound on your abdomen. Good luck!

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I have never heard of it. I had fetal echocardiograms done on my first 3 because my sister and brother were both born with congenital heart defects (my sister died at 4 days old of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and my brother is 40 and has had numerous heart surgeries to repair holes, artificial valves, pacemaker, etc). So I had those--just extensive ultrasounds on the high-res machine at maternal-fetal medicine for that one. It maybe similar?

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"HollyBear" wrote:

I have never heard of it. I had fetal echocardiograms done on my first 3 because my sister and brother were both born with congenital heart defects (my sister died at 4 days old of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and my brother is 40 and has had numerous heart surgeries to repair holes, artificial valves, pacemaker, etc). So I had those--just extensive ultrasounds on the high-res machine at maternal-fetal medicine for that one. It maybe similar?

"Mari626" wrote:

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I had one done at 20 weeks. It is just like a normal ultrasound on your abdomen. Good luck!

Yes I think that is what I had done, an echocardiogram because it was an extra part of the ultrasound done at a maternal-fetal medicine clinic.

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