What is Foetal Echo Cardiography?

Fetal echocardiography is an ultrasound-like test. This exam makes it easier for your doctor to properly see the shape and functioning of the heart of your fetus. Usually, it’s performed between weeks 18 and 24 in the second trimester. It also helps the specialist to see the flow of blood into the heart of the fetus. This in-depth look helps the specialist to find some blood flow or pulse irregularities in the infant.


The process is equivalent to that of ultrasound during pregnancy; you can lay down for the procedure. It is possible to carry out the procedure on your abdomen or through your vagina.


For this Ultrasound, no special training is needed.


In the following conditions, Foetal echocardiography is carried out.

1. An irregular heart rhythm or potential heart problem in the unborn baby was found by a regular pregnancy ultrasound.

2. There was a cardiac problem or heart disease in a relative or other family member.

3. Type 1 diabetes, lupus, or other metabolic disorder in the mother.

4. Mother has rubella during birth (infectious disease).


The study will normally be available by the same day / next day. Your specialist will tell you whether the test is normal or abnormal and will take the measures accordingly.


There are no known threats to the fetus or mother of Foetal echocardiography.


Dr. Manju Whig Singh provides the service of Foetal echocardiography. She also offers encouragement and advice to make healthy choices during the rest of the pregnancy.