Liam and I got married in May 2014 and immediately discovered that we were pregnant with our second child. We were thrilled and, aside from a small bleed in the first trimester, the pregnancy seemed to be going according to plan and our scans didn’t indicate that anything was wrong.
During Alison’s second pregnancy she went along to her 20 week scan as normal and her sonographer saw that one side of her baby’s heart was bigger than the other. A rescan showed the difference in size to only be 1mm, which was within normal parameters, however to be on the safe side another scan was scheduled 6 weeks later. At this scan the consultant found that the difference in size had increased, which indicated a problem with the baby’s heart.
Simon and Hayley’s son Marshall was born with a CHD which went undetected during Hayley’s pregnancy, and tragically their son passed away soon after birth.
“Marek’s heart condition was detected during pregnancy and our baby was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot around the 22nd week of pregnancy. We were informed that open heart surgery at a young age (in his first year), would give him a good quality of life but he would need care for the rest of his life to monitor his heart.
Louise found out her baby had a serious congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome at her 20 week scan.
“The 20 week scan is an exciting moment for many parents – getting to see their baby on screen and perhaps finding out the gender,” Louise said. “For us, the 20 week scan ended up being one of the hardest moments of our lives.”