13 April 2015

A post birth update on Little 3's irregular heartrate.

Throughout my pregnancy you may remember me talking about Little 3 having an ectopic heartbeat where his heart had an irregular rhythm, which caused us to be sent to hospital by my midwives to be monitored many times in the final few months. We had quite a few scans and saw consultants and they all said it was quite common and not to worry, that it would more than likely sort itself out at birth when all the changes in the heart take place as baby breathes for the first time and some of the heart ducts used in the womb close over.

Well, it didn't sort itself out at birth and the doctors and paediatricians seemed a little surprised that it hadn't. Little 3 was given a check over at birth and during our hospital stay lots of different people listened to his heart, including a series of students who hadn't heard an irregular one before! There were no immediate concerns and so Little 3 and I were allowed to stay together on the ward while we waited for an ECG to see what was going on but the machine was broken so we would have to stay in until the Monday when it would be fixed, but in the end staying in was a good thing as that was when his chest infection was picked up.

Little 3 had his ECG which recorded his irregular heart rate and showed us that it was something to do with impulses from the brain causing it and we would need some follow up appointments to keep an eye on it, we were thankful it is not serious and doesn't currently need any intervention. The doctors still think it will improve and hopefully settle over time.

We have an appointment at the hospital in May so watch this space. It hasn't seemed to have affected him though, he is growing well and still scrummy! (he isn't always asleep either!)


9 comments:

  1. Ah, it must have been scary to have to wait to find out. Glad it's nothing serious though, and hopefully it will right itself as he grows.

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  2. Laura Powell-Corbett13 April 2015 at 15:18

    I'm glad that its not serious and that you will be monitored! He is delicious! #MaternityMonday

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  3. Aww what a little cutie! So pleased that it doesn't seem too serious - it must have been a real worry for you. Hope all goes well at the appointment in May.

    X Becca #maternitymondays

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  4. Aww he's lovely and thank goodness it isn't serious. It's such a worry #MaternityMondays

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  5. I had a very similar experience when I had my son. Sort of the other way around though. I was kept in, due to birth difficulties and resulting infection, during which time they picked up my son's irregular heartbeat and a meningitis-type infection that could have been fatal, had it not been picked up straight away! He's a healthy nine year old now and his heartbeat settled on its own. x

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  6. Sorry that you had a tough time too but great to hear that your sons heartbeat sorted itself out, they told us it was common but no one seems to know anything about it!

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  7. Hope Little 3's irregular heartbeat will settle over time and glad to hear that no intervention is needed at the moment - hope that continues to be the case for you. He is absolutely gorgeous! :-)

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