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Today at 10 weeks pg my baby's fetal heart rate was 198 bmp what could cause this? I hadn't had any caffeine? Is everything ok?

Today at 10 weeks pg my baby's fetal heart rate was 198 bmp what could cause this? I hadn't had any caffeine? Is everything ok?

Was doc concerned? : Was your doctor concerned with this finding at your visit today? Very specific issues are best dealt with individually. A fast heart rare at ten weeks is not something we usually focus on ...Read more

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Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
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Placental Abruption (Definition)

Abruptio placentae is defined as the premature separation of the placenta from the uterus. As a significant cause of third-trimester bleeding, it is associated with fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Placental abruption must be considered whenever bleeding is encountered in the ...Read more


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I'm 20 weeks preg.Had us last week n fetal heart rate was 120 then 68. After 2 days had fetal echo it was 138.Today it was 62 then 72 what cd cause it?

I'm 20 weeks preg.Had us last week n fetal heart rate was 120 then 68. After 2 days had fetal echo it was 138.Today it was 62 then 72 what cd cause it?

Heart block ? : This sounds quite abnormal. You should contact your doctor and ask ask for an explanation. It is possible the ultrasound detected a fetal arrhythmia. Normally this would be discussed in great detail during the visit with the patient though. ...Read more

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What causes low fetal heart rate?

What causes low fetal heart rate?

Many causes.: Bradyarrhythmias (heart block, hypothyroidism, drugs) can lower the fetal heart rate persistently, however the most common reason is cord or placental accidents that threaten the fetal well-being. Your obstetrician and/or perinatologist should be able to help you avoid this problem. ...Read more

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I'm 7 weeks pregnant. What causes fetal heart rate to drop from 122 BPM to 81 BPM in two days after pregnancy looked great?

I'm 7 weeks pregnant. What causes fetal heart rate to drop from 122 BPM to 81 BPM in two days after pregnancy looked great?

Hard to say: This question is difficult to answer, because we aren't typically measuring the fetal heartbeat over extended periods of time at this gestational age. Possible technical error . There's not much to do ---> continue to watch the pregnancy. It's normal for fetuses to have cyclic drops in their heartbeat. You may want to consider closer following and possibly an echocardiogram later in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the likely explanation for low fetal heart rate during pushing?

What is the likely explanation for low fetal heart rate during pushing?

Head compression.: Typically, the fetal heart rate decreases episodically with contractions during the pushing stage of labor as the fetal head is compressed and rapidly descends in the birth canal. Head compression causes a parasympathetic neural discharge that slows the heart rate as long as the intracranial pressure continues. Other causes: cord compression, placental failure can also occur. ...Read more

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Can low thyroid levels affect a fetal heart rate?

Can low thyroid levels affect a fetal heart rate?

Yes, but the: fetus should be making it's own thyroid hormone after about 12 weeks of pregnancy, and it is this level which is important. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Fetal heart rate has dropped below 70, is this considered fetal distress?

Fetal heart rate has dropped below 70, is this considered fetal distress?

Fetal heart: This is very abnormal, in fetal distress there might be a temporary drop but if it is persistent, baby might be having a heart block, best is to ask your doc ...Read more

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Doctor said I have a "slow, steady, fetal heart rate". What does that mean?

Doctor said I have a "slow, steady, fetal heart rate". What does that mean?

Not sure: Fetal heart rates are generally not slow ....Please consult with your OB for further clarification. ...Read more

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No morning sickness at all and urination has decreased. Fetal heart rate of 120 @ 6w2d. I'm 7w2d. Should i worry? I have appt in 1 week.

Yes and no!: No morning sickness... Good for you! if the fetal heart rate is normal then you are one of the lucky mothers without morning sickness! low urine output could be a sign of dehydration, so try to drink more during the day. ...Read more

Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more