I had my 18 week ultrasound today and they found fluid around the baby's heart. The doctor was being fairly vague about what it could be. I googled it and found a huge spectrum of possibilities from it being nothing to being really awful. Has anyone had this happen? Please share any stories you have as I am losing my mind!
Don't worry, the reason the doctor was vague was for the same reasons you were confused by the google results: there are endless possibilities. I have seen several women on here say their babies/friend's babies had a similar thing and have gone on to be perfectly healthy. The odds are that your baby will be fine, but the doctor wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't do tests to make sure of that.
Try to relax until then, all your worrying will most likely be for nothing
The doctor is doing the right thing and sending you for the extra tests to rule out anything scary - and if there is anything to worry about they will find out then and they'll have lots of time to decide what (if anything) needs to be done once baby arrives.
There is also LOADS of time for any problems to right themselves - the measurements they use to decide "normal" and "abnormal" quantities of fluid are always very precise and as with all humans, there has to be room for variety.
I'm not going to tell you not to worry (absolutely no point as you will anyway ) but I'm going to send you hugs instead!
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