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Can a fetus' heart beat be detected during the early stages of ectopic pregnancy?

Can a fetus' heart beat be detected during the early stages of ectopic pregnancy?

Yes, on ultrasound: Yes with an ectopic, you can sometimes see a heartbeat on ultrasound. ...Read more

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How could a fetus grow with no heart beat?

???: Once u are 6-7 weeks def by 7 weeks a htbeat should be seen on us so if u are that far and no htbeat then the preg is not viable, if u are early u will see a sac and yolk sac but no htbeat yet cause u are too early and that fetus will grow and by 7 weeks u should see a htbeat. ...Read more

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How could a fetus grow without a heart beat?

How could a fetus grow without a heart beat?

Fetus: An embryo is a cellular living structure without fully formed organs, but a fetus will have a heart and a heart beat. ...Read more

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Why would the fetuses heart beat feel like it's racing?

Why would the fetuses heart beat feel like it's racing?

Fetal heart rates: Are much higher than adults or kids. ...Read more

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Does fever affect heart beat of 8week fetus?

Does fever affect heart beat of 8week fetus?

Fetal heart beat: Early in gestation the fetal heart rate is predominately under the control of the sympathetic nervous system and arterial chemoreceptors. Maternal fever could stimulate sympathetic nervous system, which could increase fetal heart rate. ...Read more

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Is an irregular heart beat in fetus always fibrillation?

Is an irregular heart beat in fetus always fibrillation?

Fast/slow/none: Assessing the fetal heart is a bit problematic. Since they are isolated inside the bag of waters, we are limited to detecting rate as fast/ slow/ normal or none. Various factors can lead to various rate changes. The fetal heart is usually beating much fast ; 130-160/min are routine. Stress can speed or slow the rate. When checking newborns, I have never had one with fibrillation in 3 decades. ...Read more

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I went at 16 weeks and they had trouble finding the fetus heart beat is this normal or should I be worried I bought a heartbeat monitor & nothing ($24?

I went at 16 weeks and they had trouble finding the fetus heart beat is this normal or should I be worried I bought a heartbeat monitor & nothing ($24?

No: It can be difficult to find the fetal heart rate when it is little, and it is nothing to be worried about. In 2-4 weeks you should be able to feel fetal movement and that should be reassuring. ...Read more

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I had my ultrasound today and my ob said the fetus is too small to measure. Now I'm worried that the fetus has no heart beat. I'm estimated 5/6 weeks?

I had my ultrasound today and my ob said the fetus is too small to measure. Now I'm worried that the fetus has no heart beat. I'm estimated 5/6 weeks?

Too early: It is too early to worry. A fetus can not usually be seen until at least 6 weeks. Most likely the doctor scheduled you to return next week for a repeat sonogram. At that time you should be able to see and determine if all is well. ...Read more

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If at 11 weeks pregnant a fetus is measuring in at 6 weeks and no heart beat detected. Is it possible it is still alive and developing slowly?

If at 11 weeks pregnant a fetus is measuring in at 6 weeks and no heart beat detected. Is it possible it is still alive and developing slowly?

Depends: If your dates are off and this is relatively common then it could be that you just got pregnant later than expected. You should have a heartbeat by 7 1/2 weeks, so repeat your hcg level (should keep rising) and repeat the US in 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to hear heart beat of fetus if six weeks pregnant using normal ultrasound. Dr said that the sac is normal. Thanks?

Likely normal: An abdominal ultrasound will find the baby's heartbeat roughly one week later than a transvaginal scan, or between 7 and 8 weeks of gestation. A handheld doppler ultrasound device (the ones ob/gyns use during prenatal visits) may not be able to find a heartbeat until as late as 12 weeks. ...Read more

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My Gyn stated That the sack it's like 7 weeks but the fetus is about 4 weeks it has a heart beat but is slow blood work shows hormone level grow?

My Gyn stated That the sack it's like 7 weeks but the fetus is about 4 weeks it has a heart beat but is slow blood work shows hormone level grow?

Get more info: This is a potentially serious issue of the baby & placenta. You need clear answers from your OB re: the health of your pregnancy. The hormone HCG, not only has to increase, but the RATE of increase must be acceptable If you're referring to the hormone progesterone, the rate of change must also be considered. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I am approx 8 weeks pregnant. My last ultrasound didn't show much improvement in measurement of the fetus. There was no heart beat. Is it a bad preg?

Fetal Ultrasounds: This is difficult for this application to ask of us these sensitive questions. What did you OB say? I would trust the results of the ultrasound and the professionals on the ground working to help you. ...Read more

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I've missed my 12wks fetus doc sees no heart beat they are going to abort it I also have rt. Adnexal cyst 4.4x5.2cm? What should I do about both prblms.

I've missed my 12wks fetus doc sees no heart beat they are going to abort it I also have rt. Adnexal cyst 4.4x5.2cm? What should I do about both prblms.

Follow: Your dr advice. Doc will do a d;c to remove all parts of conception and clean out uterus. Talk to your OB and ask if this cyst is anything to worry about. It did not contribute to your miscarriage. I'm sorry for your great loss. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 8wks pregnant by LMP but first ultrasound showed 6wks n fetus measured 6.4mm (crl) but no heart beat. Any chance for viable pregnancy? Help me

Hi, I am 8wks pregnant by LMP but first ultrasound showed 6wks n fetus measured 6.4mm (crl) but no heart beat. Any chance for viable pregnancy? Help me

Certainly: It is not uncommon for there to be a discrepancy between ultrasound and LMP for dating. It would be reassuring to see a heart beat but it may just be too early. If you are not bleeding, there is a good chance that a repeat ultrasound in a week will show a normal heartbeat. Good luck. It sounds like you will be a great mom since you care so much. ...Read more

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At 9 weeks pregnant fetal demise happened. The fetus did have a normal heart beat for 2 weeks prior. Is it normal to misc. Once the h.B. Is present?

At 9 weeks pregnant fetal demise happened. The fetus did have a normal heart beat for 2 weeks prior. Is it normal to misc. Once the h.B. Is present?

So sorry for yr loss: Miscarriage is very common--i believe 1 of 6 pregnancies results in a loss. The heart starts beating at a very early stage--ultrasound can detect at 4 wks, but it likely starts beating earlier than that. Beating heart this early just means it needs its own blood circulation, but as other organs develop, some are not compatible with life and so the miscarriage. When ready, try again. Good luck. ...Read more

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On 4/28 11 wks I went to my first prenatal visit. The ultrasound showed a fetus of 5/6 wks and a sack of 11 wks with no heart beat. On 5/1 I was given medication to help pass the fetus. On my check up 5/19 I had a positive test hcg level 142 and there wa

On 4/28 11 wks I went to my first prenatal visit. The ultrasound showed a fetus of 5/6 wks and a sack of 11 wks with no heart beat. On 5/1 I was given medication to help pass the fetus. On my check up 5/19 I had a positive test hcg level 142 and there wa

Question cut off!: Sorry, but there is a 150 character limit and your question cut off. Ask again, be brief but complete. Remember, we cannot see any other questions you may have posted on the subject, so all pertinent info must be in that question. You can add notes in the history about medical problems and meds, too, which may help us. ...Read more

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Why did my fetus die in less then a week I was 14 weeks pregnant? I just went to the doctor last week I had a sonogram and the baby had an amazing heart beat and this week the fetus is dead.

Why did my fetus die in less then a week I was 14 weeks pregnant? I just went to the doctor last week I had a sonogram and the baby had an amazing heart beat and this week the fetus is dead.

I: I am so sorry that this happened to you.

We usually never know why a miscarriage occurs. There have been large studies done on this subject, and usually there is nothing wrong with the mom or the baby, but for some reason the pregnancy just doesn't "take". It may be an issue with the hormones or the placenta. Rest assured, there is nothing you can do differently at this stage of the pregnancy, but often women blame something that they have done which isn't true.

Discuss this with your doctor also, and if you have had more than one miscarriage you may need a workup, but many women have one miscarriage in their lives and have no difficulty with subsequent pregnancies.

Again, I am so sorry that this happened to you. ...Read more

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I am 16 week of twin pregnancy dichorionic but part of my fetuses lose heart beat before 3 days I won't to ask what are the risks on the other fetu?

Dichorionic: I am very sorry about what it's happening to you. The management from now is conservative. A high risk OB physician shoul follow you very close. Counseling to you and your family, management in a tertiary center with good neonatal support, close fetal surveillance and evaluation of fetal anomalies indicated. There is risk for the surviving baby but you should talk to your OB physician about it. ...Read more

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How can variation in fetal heart beat be interpreted?

How can variation in fetal heart beat be interpreted?

Acceleration is good: Increase in fetal heart rate of 15-20 beats for 15 seconds usually indicates a healthy baby. Fetal heart rate interpretation should be done by trained professionals. ...Read more

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If I will be 8 weeks on my first prenatal appointment will they check forbthe fetal heart beat?

If I will be 8 weeks on my first prenatal appointment will they check forbthe fetal heart beat?

US: At about 5 or 6 weeks ultrasound with a vaginal probe can show a baby’s heart beating. With abdominal ultrasound it may be around the 7th week (or 8th week). It will take longer before it can be heard by doppler. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have had an early scan and they can see two sacks but only 1 fetal heart beat?

What does it mean when you have had an early scan and they can see two sacks but only 1 fetal heart beat?

Vanishing twin: You may have a twin pregnancy and is too early to see both heart beats, or you could have what its called a vanishing twin.
The second sac is a non viable pregnancy and most likely absorbed. Your doctor will re evaluate with serial ultrasound to ascertain health of the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Fetal heart beat 148bpm at 22 weeks 4days. Weight is 504 grmas +/_70 it is normal. ..?

Fetal heart beat 148bpm at 22 weeks 4days. Weight is 504 grmas +/_70 it is normal. ..?

Appears to be normal: From the limited information here this is a normal weight and heart rate. It is important any time you have a medical test done to go over the results with the treating physician who has all of the information on hand. ...Read more

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What early fetal age corresponds with heart beat of 115 and 7 mm crl?

What early fetal age corresponds with heart beat of 115 and 7 mm crl?

6-7 weeks: That CR measurement relates to approximately 6-7 weeks gestation. ...Read more

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If fetal heart beat at 9 weeks is 170bpm does that increase chances of it being a girl?

If fetal heart beat at 9 weeks is 170bpm does that increase chances of it being a girl?

No: It's just a pregnancy myth. No real scientific data backing it up. You have 50% chances of having a girl. ...Read more

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My HCG levels dropped no fetal heart beat measuring 6 weeks am I miscarrying only Light spotting?

My HCG levels dropped no fetal heart beat measuring 6 weeks am I miscarrying only Light spotting?

May be: The data you provided, falling HCG levels, is not a good sign. No heat beat at 6 weeks may be because it is too early. Fetal heart beat can be detected at about 6 weeks by vaginal ultrasound. At this stage, please wait and hope for the best, as there is not much that can be done. ...Read more

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Chances of pregnancy loss after fetal heart beat?

Chances of pregnancy loss after fetal heart beat?

Question?: Not sure what your question is here. Is or isn't there a fetal heart beat. If there is a heart beat, for right now there is a viable pregnancy. Please clarify your concerns. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not be able to hear fetal heart beat at 10 weeks ?

Is it normal to not be able to hear fetal heart beat at 10 weeks ?

No: You should be able to hear heart beats at 10 weeks, but a better test is ultrasound where you can see the heart beating whether you hear it or not ...Read more

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Gestational age at 13.8 weeks, fetal heart beat 165& at 18.1 weeks, 155. Is my baby gender boy or girl?

Gestational age at 13.8 weeks, fetal heart beat 165& at 18.1 weeks, 155. Is my baby gender boy or girl?

Wait 21.9 (+/-2)wks: While there are many wives' tales about predicting baby's gender, all have their flaws. The only way to truly tell is once the little one is born. What a blessed surprise! ...Read more

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The blob on the right is definitely a baby and had a heart beat, fetal pole etc. So what was the blob on the left? Twins?

The blob on the right is definitely a baby and had a heart beat, fetal pole etc. So what was the blob on the left? Twins?

Blobography: Not sure what test you are referencing. Blobography isn't a test most of us perform or interpret. Did the blob on the left have any more characteristics? ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound miss a fetal heart beat when it's Measuring 7wks 1 day. I'm returning in 4 days, chances of seeing a heart beat?

Can an ultrasound miss a fetal heart beat when it's Measuring 7wks 1 day. I'm returning in 4 days, chances of seeing a heart beat?

Vaginal? Abdominal?: In almost all cases you should get a heart-beat with vaginal ultrasound early in the 6th week. Abdominal ultrasound won't get a heartbeat until at least 8 weeks in thin women, and can be much later. Good wishes. ...Read more

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How does a doctor get fetal fast heart beat to go down?

Depends on cause: Several things can cause a fast fetal heart rate. Need to assess the baby to determine if there are any signs of distress or danger including umbilical cord issues, fetus heart issues, fetus position in womb, issues with placenta to name a few. Also need to assess Mom to see if she is having any issues/problems that may be affecting baby's heart rate. Hope this was helpful. Dr R ...Read more

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After hearing fetal heart beat and heart beat is above 130 at 7wks what does miscarriage chance drop to?

After hearing fetal heart beat and heart beat is above 130 at 7wks what does miscarriage chance drop to?

Unlikely to miscarry: Approximately 15% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. Once a heart beat is documented, that risk drops to about 1 in 20. It can still happen, but it is not likely. So you can relax a bit. ...Read more

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Can a fetal heart beat be seen at 5 weeks pregnant?

Usually not...: 5 weeks is too early to see the heart beat...Usually better seen at 8-12 weeks. ...Read more