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Old 01-25-2006, 06:30 PM   #1
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Baby's heart rate fluctuates A LOT when I listen with Doppler.

I am 20 weeks pregnant and I have been using a Doppler at home since 11 weeks, basically for peace of mind (I've had two losses). Anyway, I've noticed that the baby's heart rate will be pacing normally (between 137-140) and then it will drop for a few seconds (between 120-125) and then pick back up to a normal pace. This is alarming to me. I know that I'm not a doctor, and it may be attributable to my lack of skill using a doppler, but I honestly don't think so.
Has anyone else experienced this when using a Doppler, or do you think I should contact my doctor about this?

I just wish I could skip the next few months until I deliver my son. This worrying is making me crazy.

 
Old 01-25-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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Re: Baby's heart rate fluctuates A LOT when I listen with Doppler.

i asked my midwife about this and she said that the heartrate fluctuates all the time. i asked because i had heard that different rates indicate different sex but she says that is not true. so i would think that the fluctuation is completely normal, but i'm not sure why this happens.

 
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:14 AM   #3
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Re: Baby's heart rate fluctuates A LOT when I listen with Doppler.

It's not lack of skill, it's normal for the heart rate to do that. The reason I never got a dopplar was because I knew it would just give me one more thing to worry about if things weren't perfect everytime I listened.
I experienced a bout of preterm labor at 26 weeks and since then have had weekly checkups where the baby's heart and my contractions were monitored for 1/2 hour. He normally stays in the 140-150 range, but has been up to 165 sustained for a few minutes and down to 135 or so sustained for a few minutes. Every once in a while he'll drop down to 110 for a few seconds--that's freaky, but the doctor said it's perfectly normal until late pregnancy (34-36 weeks or so). The central nervous system controls the heartbeat and is not completely mature until that time. He said normally a woman wouldn't be hooked up to a fetal monitor until at least 34-35 weeks and that's why you never hear about it. You can ask your doctor for reasurrance.
Take care.
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:08 AM   #4
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Re: Baby's heart rate fluctuates A LOT when I listen with Doppler.

hi this is fine i was monitored recently at 30 weeks and the heartbeat went between about 134 and uo to 175ish. a healthy baby should have good accelerations and deaccelerations.

 
Old 01-26-2006, 05:04 PM   #5
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Re: Baby's heart rate fluctuates A LOT when I listen with Doppler.

Thank you for responding. I really appreciate it. I was scared to ask my doctor because I know he'd tell me to stop using the Doppler, instead of just answering my questions. It's so hard to stop from worrying.
Thanks again!!

 
Old 01-26-2006, 10:32 PM   #6
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Re: Baby's heart rate fluctuates A LOT when I listen with Doppler.

Yep, it's completely normal for the baby's heart rate to accelerate and deccelerate all the time. They specifically look for that if you have to go for non-stress tests later on in the pregnancy.

 
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