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Fetal Heart Rate during Pregnancy: What is normal?

Sep 28, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Monitoring the Fetal heart rate measures the heart rate and rhythm of your baby in the womb. This helps your doctor understand how your baby is doing.

The normal fetal heart rate of your baby varies naturally, just the way your heart does. It changes throughout pregnancy and during the day as well. Activities like movement, rest, sleep can lead to normal variation.

How do you know if your  baby’s heart rate is normal? At about 5 weeks pregnant, the baby’s heart begins to beat. 

Guidelines recommend for the normal fetal heart rate (FHR) baseline different ranges of 110 to 150 beats per minute (bpm) or 110 to 160 bpm. The heart rate of the fetus may change as your baby responds to your uterus conditions. The heartbeat of the fetus may first be detected by a vaginal ultrasound as early as 5 1/2 to 6 weeks after gestation. 

A fetal heart rate that is not normal may mean that your baby is not getting enough oxygen and there may be other problems.

How do you know if your baby's heart rate is normal?

Learn all about Fetal Heart Rate from Dr. Sriprada Vinekar in this Parentune Live.

 

 

Dr. Sriprada Vinekar, Consultant in Minimal Invasive Surgery in Gynecology

Consultant in Minimal Invasive Surgery in Gynecology at  Apollo Hospital & Cloudnine Hospital Bangalore,

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| Sep 24, 2021

My co-sister is 9 weeks pregnant. She went for the check up last week. Her gynaecologist could not observe heart beat of the foetus. Is it a sign of any problem? We are really worried. Please help.

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| Sep 24, 2021

Is it normal to have an increase or decrease in the heart beat rate in each scan? My sister is 18 weeks pregnant. Last month heart beat rate was 175. This month it is 154 per minute . Is it normal ?

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| Sep 24, 2021

Hello doctor! My friend is 32 weeks pregnant. She has lot of stress due to family problems. Her BP level is high too. Will it affect the foetal heart rate?

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| Sep 25, 2021

Hello Doctor! Which factors deterimine the healthy heart rate of a baby? I am 12 weeks pregnant. What can I do to ensure that my unborn baby's heart rate is normal and her heart is healthy?

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| Sep 25, 2021

Madam there have been fluctuations in my baby's Heart Rate. It was 120 in the first trimester and now it's 170 in the second trimester. What could that be caused by? Is there something to worry about? Please share tips to keep it in the normal range. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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| Sep 25, 2021

Doctor I want to know if fetal heart rate is already on the higher side, is doing yoga recommended? Will it make it further higher or it would help to bring it down? I am in my 28th week of pregnancy.

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| Sep 25, 2021

Namaskar Doctor Madam! Is there a connection between the food we eat and the fetal heart rate? If yes, what should be eaten and what should be avoided so that baby's heartbeat remains in the normal range throughout pregnancy?

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| Sep 27, 2021

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| Sep 27, 2021

Hello Doctor! I wanted to know which activities should be avoided so that fetal heart rate remains normal? Can I do household chores like mopping and cleaning by sitting on the floor? Will it affect my baby? I am in my 4th month of pregnancy.

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| Sep 27, 2021

Namskar Doctor! Are there any ways to check baby's heart rate at home only? My sister is 4 months pregnant and her fetal heart rate came really high in her last check up. So doctor has advised to keep a close watch.

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| Sep 27, 2021

Madam what's the normal heart rate of a baby during pregnancy? Is it same throughout pregnancy or it keeps varying?

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| Sep 27, 2021

Does eating fatty food like ghee, dry fruits have an impact on fetal heart rate? Should these be avoided completely if FHR remains high? I am 6 months pregnant and FHR was 182 in my last check up.

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| Sep 27, 2021

Is there a way to find out how the baby is doing inside mother's womb? Since we can't find out FHR at home on a daily basis, are there some other markers which can help us keep a track of baby's development?

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| Sep 27, 2021

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| Sep 28, 2021

Hello Ma'am ! I am 6 weeks pregnant and I remain under lot of stress due to family conditions. Can that affect my baby's heart health? What can be done to keep his heart healthy?

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| Sep 28, 2021

Namstey Ma'am ! Last week I got to know I am pregnant with my second baby. My first child is 5 years old and has a hole in his heart. What is the likelihood this baby too will have the same condition? How early can it be detected and what can be done to correct it? Will a hole in his heart affect his heart rate as well?

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| Sep 28, 2021

Doctor I am in the habit of walking fast . Can that have an impact on my baby's heart rate? I am currently 9 weeks pregnant.

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| Sep 28, 2021

I stay in a nuclear family and my husand is posted in Gujarat. I have two girls and I am 24 weeks pregnant with my third child. I don't get to take rest at all. Will that be an issue? Also I can't go for frequent check ups. How can I monitor my baby's heart rate? Please suggest🙏🏻🙏🏻

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| Sep 28, 2021

Hello Doctor! I live in a rented house on the 2nd floor. I am a working lady. This is my first pregnancy. Due to work and other basic needs I need to climb up and down the stairs 4-5 times in a day. Hope that will not cause any problems to my unborn baby. Till what week can I continue working? Can I climb up and down the stairs till last week as I have heard it helps in normal delivery?

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| Sep 28, 2021

Namaskar Madam ! Mera 7th week chal raha hai. Yeh meri pehli pregnancy hai. Kirpya mujhe batayein ki kya ultrasound se bacchey ki heartbeat ka pata lagaya ja sakta hai ya koi aur test karwane hongey? Aur Mujhe kab kab ultrasound karwana hoga? Dhanyawad 🙏🏻

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| Sep 28, 2021

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| Sep 28, 2021

My baby's fetal heart rate has been on the lower side since the beginning. I have hypothyroidism. Could this be the reason for the same. Is heart rate lower than 100 a cause of concern As in my last scan it was around 100 .

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| Sep 28, 2021

I am 29 weeks pregnant. I am not able to sleep at night , usually sweat a lot and get panic attacks often. When I get this attack my heart rate shoots up. Will my babyy heart rate also shoots up that time?

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