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Is It Normal For Fetal Heart Rate To Fluctuate
Can be: Usually 110 -170 is considered normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
Fetal heart rate: Just like us, the fetal heart rate varies from moment to moment and the baseline varies as well. The rates you present seem fine. ...Read more
My fetus had a heart rate of 171 BPM at both 8 and 11 weeks. Is this a healthy fetal heart rate at 11 weeks? My baby book says normal range is 120-160
Normal: The average fetal heart rate is between 110 and 160. As early as you are a heart rate of 170 is not a cause for concern ...Read more
Yes: Normal FH rate is 120-160 with frequent accelerations > 15 points. If you listened longer, you would have heard the variability in the rate. ...Read more
Yes: The normal range is 110 to about 180. ...Read more
Probably: You really need to ask this question to your OB/GYN ...Read more
Keep monitoring: Answer 155 to 195 beats per minute. By the end of week 11, it will be averaging 165 beats, and slows down from this point after having increased by about three beats per week. ...Read more
Fetal heart rate: Absolutely normalGet a more detailed answer ›
I am 20 weeks 6 days pregnant. My fetal heart rate is 152bpm. Is this normal at this gestational age?
Yes: Yes that is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can fetal heart rate reach 170 -174 at 28 weeks? My obgyn on call said it can be very normal. The baby's heart rate is always at 150 though?
Normal: Of course it is normal. Healthy heart rates fluctuate. ...Read more
Is it normal for the fetal heart rate to slow down at night? I'm 11 weeks pregnant. Normally baby's heart rate is 150's last night it was 120's.
Fetus sleep too:
It is common for the fetal heart rate to decrease 10-20% while asleep.
Thank you. ...Read more
What is a normal fetal heart rate at 6 weeks pregnant. I just got my ultrasound today at 6 weeks, 1 day. The heart rate was 103 bpm, that was slow?
Fetal Heart Rate: That is so low that many of us would assume that this is your heart rate and not the baby's. ...Read more
I'm 12 weeks pregnant and so far I've only seen my normal family doctor. He check fetal heart rate but that's it, should I be seeing anyone else?
I suggest "yes": Unless your family doctor has an active obstetrical practice - delivers babies and sees patents for prenatal care - you need to start seeing an OBGyn or provider who doe these things. In some communities family docs do obstetrics, but unless yours is one of them, you now need an OB doctor, not just a "doctor." Good wishes. ...Read more
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
Need rate and rhythm: At about 5 weeks the fetal heart is about the same as the mothers (less than 100bpm). By 9-10 weeks the fetal heart rate averages about 175bpm. The fetus may have been under some distress or this may be normal. I would have it checked again at earliest convenience. A uterine U/S can show if the fetal blood supply is adequate. ...Read more
Babies tell us a lot: Monitoring a fetus by fetal hr, ultrasound or the expectant woman's perception of activity is important. No one test can tell us everything we need to know, but together they can tell us which babies might be better off delivered. If a baby is near term and the testing is worrisome then obstetric specialists or subspecialists might deliver. But conditions can change. Plus every case is different. ...Read more
Low baseline FHR: Low fetal baseline heart rates are usually diagnosed when the rate drops below 120 beats per minute consistently and stays there. Sometimes it is temporary, and sometimes it represents a fetal oxygenation problem. Ask your OB MD, who knows your care, what it exactly means in your case. ...Read more
Anomaly: Can't tell you what the person meant who produced what you are quoting but an anomaly in general is an abnormality. ...Read more
No: Don't worry. That is normal for a fetus that size. As the fetus grows heart rate will come down. ...Read more
<110, or >160 bpm.: After the first trimester, the fetal heart rate should fluctuate between 110-160 beats per minute. Arrhythmias (skipped beats, tachy-/brady-arrhythmias) account for most pre-labor abnormal heart rates. Intrapartum fetal heart rate depends on fetal oxygenation and placental perfusion and is used to prevent death of brain injury during labor. Decelerations may be early, variable or late. ...Read more
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
How are you finding them? Checking at home or on a monitor in the hospital? Either way, go to your closest hospital and get checked to be sure that your baby is doing ok.
Good luck! ...Read more