Heart Double Check

This morning I went to The Children’s Hospital for a fetal echocardiogram.  My doctors thought it would a good idea just to be on the safe side since I have a family history of heart issues. My little brother Riley had a heart defect when he was born and several people on my mom’s side of the family have Long Q-T Syndrome.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Being the curious and information hungry person I am, I knew that a ultrasound would be involved.  All I could think was, yeay I get to see my little girl again!

I wasn’t feeling nervous at all until I got there and was by tiny infants with tubes coming out of them.  After a few minutes they called me back and I was ready for the ultrasound.  The tech and her understudy came in and started.  Our Peanut was moving around like crazy! I have never felt her move so much in a 45 minute period.  She loved kicking the wand right off my belly.

They spent that entire time getting pictures of her heart from all angles. They even measured different beats of her heart. It was pretty amazing.  At the end the cardiologist came in and said her heart looks perfect — no holes, no double aorta or disected aorta, no structural problems at all.  She did say that once our Peanut arrives we’ll need to have an EKG before we leave the hospital to set a baseline.  We’ll repeat it again at her 2 year check-up.  As long as that one looks good we won’t need her to have another one until she’s a teenager (scary thought).  Overall her chances of having Long Q-T are slim to none. Phew.

We can breathe a sigh of relief.

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