The baby must go through many tests from the moment it is born to the moment it leaves the mother’s womb. This fetal echocardiography is one of these. Today’s article will discuss all things related to this test. Dr. Shweta Kumari, Tata’s former Gynecologist, is currently working at BNH Hospital in Kolkata. You will learn the reasons for this test and when it is completed. What information does the doctor get after the test? What is the average number of times this test is performed during pregnancy? This article contains more details.
What is Fetal Echocardiography?
According to Gynecologists, the baby growing in the mother’s womb at the time of pregnancy is called Fetal. The ultrasound scan allows for the examination of the baby’s heart and detection of heartbeats. Fetal echocardiography is the name of this procedure. The baby’s heartbeat is monitored in the mother’s womb using modern technology. This includes the assessment of the baby’s age and any potential problems. During the investigation, this is also determined.
This test is important because it reveals the reason why.
According to doctors, there are many reasons why you should have this test done. First, if an ultrasound scan shows a problem or deficiency, it should be done. The NTNB scan, or first-trimester screening, is performed in the third month of pregnancy. This is where the nuchal translucency (or thickness of the skin at the back of the neck) of the feet is measured. It is possible that the feet may have heart problems if it is higher than normal. Then, dilates fetal echocardiography is recommended.
- Ultrasound can be used to determine if there are any problems with the heart structure or the rhythm.
- Experts advise that the test be done during pregnancy if there are any defects in the baby’s heart structure or abnormal heartbeat.
Problems with another organ than the heart
According to gynecologists, if there is any problem in the baby’s other parts in an ultrasound scan, we recommend fetal echocardiography. This will allow you to solve any other problem.
Doctors recommend that you seek medical attention even if the condition is not severe.
These tests should be done if a pregnant woman is suffering from any type of diseases, such as diabetes or infection, or if she has taken any medication that could affect her baby’s heartbeat.
Congenital heart disease in the family
Experts recommend that the second child of a pregnant woman be examined if her first child died from congenital heart disease. In this case, the heart of the second-born child in the mother’s fetus should also be examined. If the mother has congenital heart disease, fetal echocardiography may be recommended.
The right time to do fetal echocardiography
Experts agree that fetal echocardiography should be performed between 22-23 weeks of gestation. In some cases, however, the doctor may order these tests earlier. If this is the case, your doctor will decide when you should have the test performed. Without their consent, it will not be done. The testing is performed as a normal scan
Fetal echocardiography can be performed in the same manner as a regular scan. The pregnant woman should come home after having eaten. This process takes between 45-60 minutes. It can take longer or shorter depending on the condition of the baby’s womb. Only trained doctors can perform fetal echocardiography.
Fetal Echocardiography has many benefits
- The report will tell you if the baby is in good health.
- Unborn babies can have more heart problems
They are advised to have the baby delivered in a hospital that has a Neonatal ICU (NICU), as the child’s doctor will be able to diagnose any problems in their heart.