Special considerations before and during pregnancy

Congenital heart defects (in either the mother or father) increase the baby’s risk of having a heart problem. Your cardiologist may refer you to a geneticist for further evaluation. A fetal echocardiogram may be recommended to check the baby’s heart for possible defects. This test is usually done in the 18th week of pregnancy.

If you have been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, a cardiologist should evaluate your heart condition before you plan a pregnancy. The cardiologist will talk to you about the possible risks of pregnancy and can work with your healthcare team to monitor your health and your baby’s health while you are pregnant.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/18/2019.


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