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This test is done to detect a heart problem before the baby is born. It can provide a more detailed image of the baby’s heart than a regular pregnancy ultrasound.
Blood flow through the heart
Structures of the baby’s heart
A sibling or other family member had a heart defect or heart disease
A routine pregnancy ultrasound detected an abnormal heart rhythm or heart problem in the unborn baby
The mother has type 1 diabetes, lupus, or phenylketonuria
The mother has rubella during pregnancy
The mother abused drugs or alcohol during pregnancy
The mother has been exposed to drugs that can damage the baby’s developing heart (such as some epilepsy drugs and prescription acne medications)
An amniocentesis revealed a chromosome disorder
The echocardiogram finds no problems in the unborn baby’s heart.
A problem in the way the baby's heart has formed (congenital heart disease)
A problem with the way the baby's heart works
Heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias)
The test may need to be repeated.
There are no known risks to the mother or unborn baby