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Has anyone had to have a fetal echocardiogram? Had Big U/S today

And we're on team pink, very excited. The doc said everything looked good, but they were having trouble getting a great pic of out lil girls heart, because she would not move into the righ position. They told me I don't need to worry, that it's really just to be sure but that nothing looked wrong, we could see the 4 chambers, it was beating etc. I'm not worried yet, but wondering if anyone has had this? Is it like a regular ultrasound, except with a pediatric cardiologist?

Re: Has anyone had to have a fetal echocardiogram? Had Big U/S today

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    Congrats on your baby girl!!!

    sorry no advice about the rest, I haven't gotten that far yet!

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    Congrats on Team Pink! This is my first, so I don't know about the echo, but please keep us posted!
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    I have not yet, but I have it scheduled for a few weeks from now... It is an u/s of the babys heart.

    And congrats on team pink :)

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    No advice, but wanted to say congrats!
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    We're having one in 2.5 weeks, so I don't know exactly yet.  However, my understanding is that it is a detailed u/s of the heart, which is really what a normal echo for adults is as well.  I know that when I was last at the dr's, he wanted to confirm that the appointment was listed as an echo and not just as an u/s.  I think that was just to make sure that it would be done by someone who specializes in fetal echos and that it would go into the detail he wanted.

    edit to add:  It will be performed by one of the u/s techs in the perinatalogist's office that my reg OB refers u/s out to.  My understanding is that this office has cetain techs perform different types of OB u/s,so the techs "specialize" in their type of u/s. 

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    Congrats on the baby girl!  Yes, we had one.  We needed to have one because our baby has a echogenic (sp?) focus... big name for calcium deposits in the heart.  This is one marker for downs.  We declinded 1st tri screening, so our doctor recommended a fetal echo to get more information.  We were not worried as our baby didn't have any other markers (all measurements looked good).  We had the fetal echo and it was AWESOME!  Not only did they look at each chamber of the heart, but they listened to each section... it was amazing!  So, yes, it's like a regular ultrasound.  The u/s probably won't be done by the pediatric cardiologist, but one of his/her techs.  Any other questions... let me know... we just had it done 3 weeks ago so it's still pretty fresh in my mind.  Good luck!

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    The same thing happened at our ultrasound...we had to return for a follow-up more detailed ultrasound two weeks later where they were able to get all the images they needed of the heart.  I am not sure if a cardiologist did the follow up or not, I believe that it was just done using a better machine.  Don't worry, it sounds like your little one is just a little camera shy!! Smile
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    Thanks everyone for the well wishes and the feed back/information. I can't wait to shop! :)
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    Congrats on your baby girl! Sorry I have no advice, just wanted to say I hope everything is ok.
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    Congrats on having a girl. Hope everything is ok.
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    I had to have an echocardiogram myself a few years ago...(I forget why...I'm healthy as a horse!) Anyway, it was actually really cool to see the inner workings of the heart. I hope everything is ok for you and your baby!
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