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Re: Bradycardia in our 20th week of pregnancy

Re: Bradycardia in our 20th week of pregnancy

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Posted by Barbara on May 09, 2000 at 23:33:39:

In Reply to: Re: Bradycardia in our 20th week of pregnancy posted by Kerry on March 13, 2000 at 18:44:30:

: This is only due to my experience. When I was pregnant with my daughter, often at ultrasounds her heart rate would drop right down then come back up again. They would say it was nothing to worry about. My daughter was overdue when I had to go for another check up and they were going to let me go for another week to see if she would come naturally. They put me on a foetal monitor to check her heart rate, they watched and then her heart rate dropped down to the 40's and stayed there for a minute or so (felt like forever), they called all the doctors and the specialist in to decide what to do. They broke my water and induce labour quite quickly with a drip then just monitored the baby constantly. Labour went good and her heart rate came back up so they didn't need to take me to theatre. She was born in 2 hours, very healthy and a good size. She is now 2 1/2 years old and has never had any problems. I still can't give an explanation to why this happens but the end result was a beautiful healthy baby girl!!!! I hope everything goes fine for you, just take care of yourself and try not to worry too much as the stress doesn't do you or the baby any good.

Seventeen years ago, my husband and I were told at around the 2oth week that the neonatal heartrate had dropped and they were not sure what was going on. As our pregnancy continued, they monitored his condition not knowing if he was in trouble or not. Taken prematurely at 37 weeks, our son Garrett, had complete AV block Bradiacardia. The top and bottom chamber were beating independantly. He was followed very closely by a wonderful cardiologist who told us to let him do whatever he wanted to do and prescribed digoxin. Soccer and basketball became too strenuous, but he excelled in baseball.
His heart did enlarge somewhat to handle the additional requirement of exercise, but around his 14th birthday, they installed a pacemaker to
speed up his heartrate which was 60 day and 38-40 at night. The pacemaker has been wonderful and now he is playing varsity football and lettered as a Sophmore. much to the surprise of the cardiologist, his heart has actually reversed almost all of the enlargment and the walls have even become "normal" looking on ultrasound. I don't think they still really know why Bradycardia happens but in our case, our son's prognosis is very good and we owe much of this to his cardiologist.
If they feel more comfortable taking the baby by c-section, he/she may turn blue very quickly resulting in a dropping APGAR scale. Think about delivery at a major med center with a good pediatric cardiologist to look at immediately at birth or he/she may have to be transported away to another hospital for exam which can be very scary. This is getting too long but pray and have faith in God. He has answered our prayers and the many who have also prayed for our son.


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