Friday, October 24, 2008

Heart Ache

Well the little turkey inside of me is already giving his/her mom and dad a headache...or maybe I should say heart ache! Last week when our midwife was checking the baby's heart beat, the heart beat was skipping all over the place. The beats per minute was normal but the rhythm was not even close to normal. Not good! So this week we had an appointment with an OB who confirmed that the baby had a heart arrhythmia. She only told us what we already knew but did do a very quick (like two minute) sono of the heart that could show us that it did have 4 chambers. She gave us a referral (which is why we were there) to see a pediatric cardiologist for a fetal echocardiogram (an indepth ultrasound study of the heart). As far as we know at this point is that the heart is only skipping beats and most babies in utero grow out of it by the end of the pregnancy or soon after birth. Good news! Certainly there is a percentage of babies where it doesn't correct itself. We are praying that what the baby is experiencing is really that simple and hoping for the best. I think we are both realistic about the potential of a more dangerous situation though. We really don't know anything more than that at this point but will keep you all updated after our appointment next week.

P.S. We are not finding out the sex of the baby but my suspicion is that it is a boy. Drew & Carter want a girl and Tay has no comment. Also, for those who have asked, our due date is in February.

7 comments:

Amy said...

I hope everything is okay. You will be in our prayers.

That is cool you are not finding out. I wish I could've done that with this one but I was too impatient:)

MaiTy said...

I hope everything is OK. It might make you feel better to know that I was born with a VSD (ventricle ceptal defect- may not be spelled right), basically a hole in my heart, and it has never really affected me. No surgery needed or anything. So your baby could be born with something that sounds scary, but will still be perfectly fine! Good luck, you'll be in our prayers.

ej said...

Well please continue to keep us posted- you guys will be in our prayers- hoping everything will turn out just fine...

Melissa H said...

Well, I am glad you guys were able to find out what it is at least! Thank goodness for modern technology, good luck!!!

The Booth's said...

Yay for not finding out! I'm so glad someone I know and due near my due month (march) will be waiting it out too. :) I'll be praying for baby #3 and I wish you guys the best.

Hannah said...

Let us know what you find out. We'll keep you in our prayers.

Jaimee said...

Yikes! I am glad to hear that it will most likely not be an issue later on...keep us updated.