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Diagnosis 3 In The Q: Can any procedures be performed to help my baby before he or she is born? A: As there are more and more medical advances in the area of CHD treatment, fetal catheter intervention possibilities are becoming more common, but they are not without risk and are not available at every hospital. Talk to your baby’s cardiologist or surgeon about which prenatal options, if any, are available for your baby and what the risks are. (For more information, refer to the Making Health Care Choices section of this Mended Little HeartGuide.) Q: What can I do during my pregnancy to help the baby? Are there things I should or should not do in terms of physical activity, stress and work? A: This is a question to ask your obstetrician, but many women carrying babies with CHD have pregnancies that are no different than any other pregnancy. Get good prenatal care. Eat well. Get enough rest. Do things to relax your mind and body. Be sure to visit your obstetrician and fetal cardiologist regularly. They can tell you whether there is anything you need to know, do or avoid to take the best care of yourself and your baby. 1 General Information 2 Prenatal Hospital 4 Living With CHD 5 Forms 47


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