Fetal ectopic heartbeat

  1. My sister is pregnant with her fourth child. Her baby has been diagnosed with "ectopic beats". The doctor says that it's usually not a major problem and usually disappears either before birth or shortly thereafter, but her baby is having ectopic beats nearly every other beat. I am having a difficult time finding information about this condition (I'd assume it's a PAC or PVC, but don't really know much about the specifics). Does anybody know about fetal ectopic heartbeats or have any recommendations of places to look? I (as well as my sister who is very worried) would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
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  3. by   KellNY
    I have no tangible resources for you, but I can say that as an antepartum nurse, every single (fetal) patient I've had who had ectopic beats came out with GREAT apgars, and only one spent a few days in NICU for observation, the rest went to newborn nursery then home.

    I know this sounds rudimentary, but did you google it?
  4. by   33-weeker
    Don't sweat it. They usually turn out to be nothing.
  5. by   canoehead
    I know nothing, except we delivered an infant at our low risk hospital, everyone was in a froth about why the doc didn't transfer. The baby came out pink and beautiful, and totally ectopic free withint the hour.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Most cases resolve without any intervention from a doctor. I have seen numerous arrhythmias in-utero that self-resolved after birth.

    Try hard not to worry too much. I hope all turns out well for your sister and her new baby.