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June 12th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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This pregnancy is so much different than my others because of my diabetes. One of the OBs is "certain" I had diabetes before I was even pregnant, so that is not cool. Well I just got a call yesterday saying that I am scheduled for a Fetal Echo on such-and-such a date at this time. I wrote it down and was like, "uh, so what the heck is a Fetal Echo?" She said it was to check the baby's heart.

So after I got off the phone I looked it up and apparently it some kind of ultrasound-ish test (fetal echocardiogram) that a specialist does to check for heart defects and abnormalities in mothers who are at high-risk.

I'm kind of un-thrilled that nobody warned me about or explained this to me... they just called me up and said they scheduled an appointment. It also seems strange that they didn't even ask me to schedule the appointment or if that time was OK for me. It was just like, "You have an appointment on this day" and I said, "uh.. ok?".

Anyway, sorry for the rambling, but of course now I'm a little nervous about being in a "high-risk group" enough that they made me an appointment with a specialist to check for heart defects.
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June 12th, 2013, 12:04 PM
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My last baby I was told I had to go back and get another ultrasound after the big ultrasound was done to check on his heart to, cus they thought they seen something. Thankfullly they didn't.

This time they knew it was a possibility so we went ahead anyways and it was confirmed.

I hope yours goes well and that its nothing to worry about. The only thing that will be different from a normal scan would be the extra time focused on the heart of the baby, that is all. Don't stress too much ok. Hugs
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June 12th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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That is really surprising they didn't tell you anything before hand.. or even let you schedule the app. yourself.

I had a really detailed u/s around 20 weeks at Maternal Fetal Medicine where they checked the heart and other things. Not sure if that is the same thing or not. But try not to worry! Just think of it as a chance to have baby checked out just a little extra.
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June 12th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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Did they ever detect a murmur in a routine ultrasound? That's the only reason I would think they would want to do a fetal echo.
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June 12th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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They are probably just being extra cautious. I'm also in the high risk group due to bleeding I had in the late first/early second trimester as well as my previa, which wasn't diagnosed until 21 weeks. So far I've had 6 ultrasounds - some short, some longer. They always told me that there wasn't really anything to worry about, it was just so that they could check on things. I have two more scheduled - one at 28 weeks, and one at 32, which should be the last one, at least at the hospital. The good thing is that you get to see your baby all the time! I feel that my little one will have more photos taken in utero than ex utero
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June 12th, 2013, 03:13 PM
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I hope it goes well for you. That is weird they didn't at least tell you what was going on and find out when a good time for you would be.
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June 12th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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fetal echo scans are done by specially trained technicians, and sometimes cant always be available when *we* would be available. Sometimes it just doesn't work that way. be thinking about you and baby
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June 12th, 2013, 04:24 PM
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I agree that it's surprising they wouldn't at least mention it ahead of time, let alone explain what they'll be doing and what they're looking for. My guess is that they're just erring on the side of caution too, but I can imagine how a phone call like that would catch you off guard and cause some concern.

I hope it goes well and you get some answers! When do you go in?
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June 12th, 2013, 08:00 PM
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At the 20 week anatomy scan they said all looked fine as far as they could tell. So I don't think it has to do with them finding anything suspicious at that u/s. I'm quite sure it has to do with my diabetes situation, but I just don't remember them mentioning this at all.

They did tell me I would be having a lot more regular ultrasounds and NSTs than normal starting around 27 weeks. So I have an u/s next week and will have one every month after that, and then maybe more in the last month? I can't remember. I wish they printed out a rough schedule for me just so I know what to expect. Pretty sure they didn't mention this fetal echo, though. This is different because it's not even done in my OB office (where they have a good ultrasounds and even do 3-D). I have to go to a specialist to have it done.

It will probably be fine and chances are still pretty low that anything will be wrong. But especially with as many pregnancies as I've had, it's a little unnerving that they are obviously upping the caution quite a bit and I'm dealing with tests and routines that are different than what I've always been used to.

Stupid blood sugar.
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June 12th, 2013, 08:06 PM
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I agree that it's surprising they wouldn't at least mention it ahead of time, let alone explain what they'll be doing and what they're looking for. My guess is that they're just erring on the side of caution too, but I can imagine how a phone call like that would catch you off guard and cause some concern.

I hope it goes well and you get some answers! When do you go in?
I have a regular ultrasound next week at my OB office, and 2 weeks after that I have the fetal echo. Then 2 weeks after that I believe I will have another ultrasound with my OB!

I know the end of this pregnancy is going to be insane with appointments. In addition to the ultrasounds, at some point I'm going to get NSTs twice a week (most of the time they wait until after your due date but I think I will start the last month or last 2 weeks), and I will also see the endocrynologist once every week or 2, maybe more in the last month. Good thing I'm not working!! But I have no idea how I'm going to have someone watch my other kids that often. oy.

If they are smart they will print me out more pics of the baby every time to cheer this mama up and I will forget about grumbling about all these appointments.
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June 13th, 2013, 12:25 AM
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Do you have gestational diabetes to? I am having a bunch of ultrasounds to and I start my NSTs this Saturday I will be 27 weeks 1 day. and almost the same amount of appointments with same types of doctors. Its crazy. I am glad my DH works graveyard then he watches the kids while I go. Ugh, summer will be fun, yours will be off for summer holidays if not off already?
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June 13th, 2013, 10:12 AM
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Yes, I have gestational diabetes (well, my OB thinks that I had diabetes before I even got pregnant b/c I found that I was diabetic in the first trimester which she said doesn't happen with GD).

I homeschool my kids so they are already home all the time. But it is good that we are finishing up school today and tomorrow so at least they won't be missing school work.

But yeah, having someone watch the kids all the time is going to be interesting. It will probably be my SIL because I don't really have anyone else but I will feel like such a burden on her..
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