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#1 of 3 Old 04-07-2011, 11:44 AM - Thread Starter
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My OB is recommending a fetal echocardiogram later in pregnancy (after 20 weeks, I believe).  She isn't big on extra tests, but strongly encouraged this one to detect any heart defects due to the whole diabetes thing.  Having had several friends with children with major heart defects, I've seen the extreme strain when it is a surprise and how those who have been prepared for it were able to respond, I want the test so I can emotionally prepare for things if the baby is to need surgury or intensive medical services. 


I was just wondering what experiences have been with fetal echocardiograms?  Is it something that they will give immediate feedback on or will we have to wait for results?  How long did it take?

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I had one with my daughter, everything turned out ok with her.  The Dr. doing it was explaining what we were seeing on the screen, so we got immediate feedback.  I don't know if it is always like that though.

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I had one with DS and will have another one this time. Same reasons your OB is recommending it. This is one I would never personally consider skipping given my health situation.


I'm sure it's different in different places, but for what it's worth, for me, it was a very long test, mainly because DS kept moving around. And they had had me drink a ton, so I had to pee the entire time, which made it much worse. After about 45 minutes, they said I could pee, and it was much better after that. And I think they got better images at that point, too. The actual imaging was done by an u/s tech, not a physician, so they didn't tell me a thing at the lab; they just sent a report to my physician. Part of the report was that they weren't able to get everything they needed to see, so the OB sent me to a different lab to have it done again. That was much quicker, though, again, they just sent a report to the OB. All in all, I think it took a couple of weeks to get through the whole thing. Everything was fine. I took the same approach I take with everything: assume it will all be fine, and if it isn't, well, I'll deal with that possibility when it comes up.


ETA: This is totally the type of question that would get way more answers in a group of type 1's. Did I ever send you the link to that group? If not, let me know and I will PM you.

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