Congenital Heart Defects: Pregnancy
Both women and men who have a congenital heart defect need to think about a few things when planning a pregnancy. These include the risks of passing a heart defect to your child as well as the possible health risks of a pregnancy for a woman who has a heart defect.1, 2
Plan a pregnancy
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant and you or your partner has a congenital heart defect, there are a couple of things to think about.
Work with your doctor
If you have a congenital heart defect, your pregnancy may be considered high-risk. Specific issues will need to be addressed with your doctor, such as:
Health care during and after pregnancy
You may have a cardiologist involved with your care throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
A fetal echocardiogram can be done as early as 16 to 18 weeks of pregnancy to check for congenital heart defects in the fetus. Other testing, such as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis, may be done.
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