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If an unborn babies heart beat is usually 140-160bpm, but you had found the heart beat on a doppler and it was over 160bpm twice, would you worry?

(20 Posts)
NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 07:48:09

I am 10+ somethingorother weeks, have rented a proper doppler with a display on it, measuring the beats per minute. I found the heart beat for the first time yesterday, and it was at around 170bpm, and then I found it again in the evening and it was shooting up to 185bpm, would you be worried?

How fast is too fast?

sorkycake Mon 16-Jun-08 07:49:03

grin girl grin

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 07:52:00

LOL Norty! wink

fiodyl Mon 16-Jun-08 07:54:41

I thought it was supposed to be a boy if the heart beat was fast?

kayzisexpecting Mon 16-Jun-08 07:55:21

Its meant to be a girl if the heartbeat is fast.

lulumama Mon 16-Jun-08 07:57:12

and this is why i think dopplers are a Bad Thing to use at home. not finding the HB or wondering if there is a problem with it is not good for you. <<stern>>

you being stressed might well lead the baby's HB to be raised

a MW would not even be listening in at this point in pregnancy.

<<slaps wrists and confiscates all dopplers>>

kayzisexpecting Mon 16-Jun-08 07:57:14

Just found this.

If the fetal heart rate is under 140 beats per minute (BPM), it's a boy.
False. A baby girl's heart rate is usually faster than a boy's, but only after the onset of labor. There's no difference between fetal heart rates for boys and girls, but the rate does vary with the age of the fetus.
By approximately the fifth week of pregnancy, the fetal heart rate is near the mother's — around 80 to 85 BPM. It continues to accelerate until early in the ninth week, when it reaches 170 to 200 BPM and then decelerates to an average of 120 to 160 BPM by the middle of the pregnancy. Normal fetal heart rate during labor ranges from 120 to 160 BPM for boys and girls.

lou031205 Mon 16-Jun-08 08:15:55

Totally normal.

belgo Mon 16-Jun-08 08:18:04

grin agree with lulumama.

Try not to worry NJ. If you really are worried, phone your midwife.

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 08:26:31

I'm not especially worried about it, I know as adults we have a normal range and if it goes outside of that it isn't a problem usually, just wanted to double check

Thanks for that Kay, it is all quite fasinating <nerd>!

And Lulu, hands off my doppler woman, t'is mine!!! wink

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 16-Jun-08 08:32:16

Move away from the doppler grin

While it can be a reassurance, it can also stress people out for no real reason.

No pregnant woman have had the fetal heart rate monitored continously from conception to birth, so whilst there are parameters of 'normal', there could be stages where the hb does things that we are unaware of - but are ok. Hope this makes sense!

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 08:38:03

Noooooooooooooooooo, where the doppler goes, I go! I have only tried it about 3 times, (before yesterday!) hadn't found it before that, and promised DH I wouldn't fly off the handle if something didn't seem right, and I haven't done.

If I'd have been worried I would have rang someone yesterday, I knew it was all probably OK, just wanted to doubly check!

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 13:21:24

Oh, Lulu, have just remembered, did you add me to your FB? Are your intials AY? Have been meaning to ask for agesssssssss.....

Your baby's heartbeat is FINE. I am almost 21 weeks and this baby's heartbeat is consistently in the high 160's and 170's (has been since 10+ weeks) and the midwife says it's perfect. Incidentally, the old wives tale says heartrate of 140 is a girl, but I am most definately having another BOY!

MamaG Mon 16-Jun-08 13:28:23

NJ I'm on lulu's facebook so look out for me wink - you'll know me by my status, so loko at her friends

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 13:47:40

Thanks Heart

MamaG, do I have to? wink I will if Lulu ever get's back to me...!

lulumama Mon 16-Jun-08 13:48:30

yes , they are!

grin

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 13:51:13

Ta da, as if by magic she returns Were your ears burning?

Right well at least I can accept it now, had it hanging around in my inbox for yonks, I don't like a messy inbox!

lulumama Mon 16-Jun-08 14:00:10

just a bit ! yes. don;t leave me hanging around !!

NatalieJaneIsPregnantAgain Mon 16-Jun-08 14:02:28

LOL Done

MamaGeeeee, I can't find thee....

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