I have a heart condition. Will my baby have the same problem?

Q: I have a heart condition. Will my baby have the same problem?

A: Defects in the heart are the most common birth defects, and women who are born with a heart defect are at increased risk for having a baby born with one, says Stephanie Martin, D.O., medical director for labor and delivery and the obstetric intensive care unit at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston.. If you are living with a heart condition, your baby’s heart should be evaluated in utero with a fetal echocardiogram, a noninvasive type of ultrasound performed by a specialist. Prenatal diagnosis will help you understand how the problem may be fixed and avoid any complications during pregnancy or delivery. The good news is that most conditions can be repaired after birth.

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