Fetal echo is also known as a fetal heart scan. It is similar to the routine scans that you have during pregnancy but focuses specifically on your baby’s heart. We use ultrasound to take pictures of the baby’s heart to see how it is developing and to look at the blood flow around it.
It is done to check if your baby’s heart is developing normally.
This scan is able to detect any problems in the fetal heart. However, some heart problems can only be detected once the baby is born.
If in case, a problem has been identified in your baby, we will try to explain to you all the options available- like if your baby will require any medical or surgical treatments. We will also let you know about the seriousness of the condition and when the treatment is likely to be given to the baby.
This scan is mostly suggesting by your treating doctor to get a detailed scan of your baby’s heart. However, it does not mean that your baby has some heart problem.
Your obstetrician (doctor specialising in pregnancy), may have suggested that you have this scan so that your baby’s heart can be checked in more detail.
In case any problem is detected, we will explain to you about the same and the various treatment options available.
Common indications requiring fetal echo include:
The fetal heart scan usually doesn’t have any specific risks.
Slight pressure applied to your belly in order to get better views may be a little uncomfortable.
You might feel a little cold, once the gel is applied to your abdomen
Sometimes, it can get a little difficult to get good views of your baby, if the baby is moving a lot during the scan, or lying in some awkward position. However, this doesn’t mean that anything is wrong and you need not worry about it.
Ultrasound scans use only sound waves, these are safe for your baby.
There are no serious risks associated with the fetal echo scan.