Baby Heartbeat During Pregnancy

Written by Rachel Arieff
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A baby's heartbeat during pregnancy is a reliable indicator of the developing baby's health status until birth. Heart rates for the fetus will vary as it grows. In the baby's earliest stages, the heart rate is highest. This is because the smaller the life form, the faster the heart beats.

As the baby grows, its heart rate will slow down. Your baby's heartbeat will range from 110 to 160 beats per minute. Compare this with an adult's heart rate, which beats from 60 to 100 times a minute. A baby's heartbeat during pregnancy will change from time to time, which is normal. However, too many changes in heart patterns may indicate a problem for the baby.

Listening to Baby Heartbeats During Pregnancy

Abnormal heart rates may signal fetal development problems, a congenital birth defect, uterine bleeding, or growth retardation of the uterine lining. However, abnormal heartbeat patterns in the fetus don't always mean that there is something wrong. In this case, the doctor will always order further tests to find out the cause for the variance in heart rate patterns.

If there indeed is a problem, the earlier the detection, the sooner doctors can begin treatment to ensure the best outcome for the baby. Oftentimes congenital problems, serious or not, can be corrected with medical treatment, leaving no lasting effects on the baby or mother. Keeping track of baby heartbeat patterns during pregnancy is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to ensure a smooth and healthy birth . . . and lifetime thereafter.

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