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We recently had our 20 week scan and our OB brought up that the baby had a small hole in their heart. She’s mentioned since this is isolated and not coupled with anything it shouldn’t be a concern at all and the hole will naturally fill out. She promised that we won’t see this in the 30 week ultrasound. I can’t help but be worried! This didn’t happen with our first. Has anyone experienced this in their 20 week scan?

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I think there was a heart defect mom around here or on the working moms bowl, hopefully she’ll chime in. This is relatively common, and really does usually resolve itself. That being said, my sister has an atrial septal defect (hole between the upper two chambers) that wasn’t identified until she was 30. She runs marathons, is super fit and active, and just needs to monitor it now. Not to minimize your anxiety, but it’s a great thing that technology has evolved enough such that you can see CHDs at 20 weeks! I hope you get some peace of mind and that everything looks good in ten weeks.

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My niece was born with this too and when it didn’t close by itself as a toddler she was operated on and today is a healthy 20 yr old. Remember the parents having naturally so much anxiety at the time but there were zero issues.

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We had similar (two holes) and then a later scan showed the valves were developing unevenly. Around 36 weeks things had evened out. The hospital prepared us nonetheless that he may need longer checks when born and the slight possibility of being put in ICU. When he was born he was healthy with no heart issues and was in my arms in no time. We found the whole pregnancy experience really nerve wracking. My father in law is a cardiologist and he felt that the more detailed scans were creating unnecessary anxiety for us. Hope you are ok, I know it can be really tough to be in that situation

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Totally nerve wracking but it is common. My second had a small hole at 20 week scan but it completely resolved by delivery. He’s a chubby, happy, healthy 6 month old now crawling to keep up with his big sis.

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Thank you all for sharing these comments! They really are easing my worry

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Lots of reassuring stories here! On the other side of things, baby had a hole that was too big to close and had open heart surgery and is now a happy healthy little kid. So either way, this is common enough that there is great technology and skilled surgical teams who deal with this all the time and our attitude was it’s better to know than not know so that we could address it in a timely manner.

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My husband was born with a small hole in his heart. He’s in his 30s now and as healthy as he can be! Sending love ❤️

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I had a hole in my heart when I was born. It closed up within a few weeks and I’ve had zero heart problems since (I’m almost 40 and I smoked for 15 years).

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Had my third with two additional holes in his heart. She grew out of it as he got older. Scary to think as we got close to heart surgery but he is perfect now. It was a tough few years but the doc said many heal after birth or as the child develops.

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same thing happened to me with my little one! It resolved itself as your doctor indicated!

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I have not been through this myself but through my own personal health scares have learned to trust the doctors when they say not to worry. It’s so hard not to worry but if something needed to be addressed with caution, they would tell you. I had a large hemorrhage in my uterus while pregnant and was very worked up about it. The doctors were not worried at all and said it would clear up by x week. It did! I had a tumor that the radiologist noted as likely malignant. The oncologist I was working with told me that based on his experience, he was not worried about it and it ended up being benign. A friend of mine was born with a severe heart issue (very different than what you described so nothing you should be worried about happening). The doctors had prepared his parents for the worst. Despite all that - he is perfectly healthy living his best life with no heart issues as an adult. I mention that only to say that if that was his outcome with an incredibly severe issue back in the 80s, even if something were to happen, the net outcome is often still positive!

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My 2nd was born with a small hole that the pediatrician detected in her office at a well visit. A different pediatrician had missed it. Had scans done and it was there, but it closed up itself within weeks. Scared me but ended up fine!

My sister (in her 20s) was born with a small hole in her heart and still has it to this day. She is completely fine and sees a cardiologist once a year just to check on it.

Yep, been here. It was so bad we were told to prepare for open heart surgery upon delivery. I can’t remember the details of the specific heart issue, I truly think I’ve mentally blocked it out (it was a hole + something wrong with the chambers) but it resolved itself by 35 weeks, which even the doctors didn’t expect. I think I have ptsd from the stress of it all, not kidding. You will get through it and all will be okay. Make sure to take care of your mental health through it all if you are struggling with the anxiety and unknowns of it all. Hugs 🤗

Know this is common and majority of the time it will clear up before birth. Even in the rate event it doesn’t, there are options. Best friend’s daughter had surgery at 3 mths (yes very stressful) however, the child is perfect 2 years later and can live her best life! While saying don’t worry so much is easy, just continue to be optimistic that your baby will be perfect he or she will be!

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