Julia - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 63 moms have responded )
Our heart child was a complete surprise. We have no family history in our knowledge of heart defects, and none of our children had had anything worse than ear infections. It really taught us not to take things for granted and was a huge reality check.
We thought we had a healthy baby until he quit breathing when he was ten days old. I remember rushing him to the doctor/hospital and thinking quite clearly that it had to be something simple. Heart defects never even crossed my mind. I remember our pediatrician rattling off a number of heart defects (at the time I had no idea), asking us if there was any history. I think I just stared at him blankly.
Anyway, I was curious how many of you knew before hand - I know some defects are fairly easy to catch on ultrasound where others, like TGA, or difficult unless you are really looking for them. I was also curious as to if any of you have a family history of congenital heart defects.