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Baby's heart rate in utero

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I have read a few other mom's stories online about being at the OB's and their baby's heartrate fluctuating from 160-120 bpm or 70-130 and going up and down. One of these moms was referred to a "specialist".

I had a similar experience at my midwife appointment where my baby's HR went up to around 180, but back down to 120 in a matter of seconds, and then stayed at 120. My midwife was concerned, but didn't say why, which hasn't happened with my other two pregnancies, so it has me thinking:

Is there a wide range of normal for babies' HRs? What are some warning signs? What could it mean if there is a fluctuation in HR and when is HR in pregnancy a sign of a problem? Or HR in labor (can you tell cord is too tight or baby is in a poor position for birth by the HR?)
post #2 of 6
My MW said 120-160 is the normal range.
post #3 of 6
my mw said 120-160 is normal range. On Friday the baby first registered at 140 then at 150. S/He was trying to move away from the doppler, hence the higher heart rate.
post #4 of 6
my last pregnancy, the dr noted baby's heartrate accel and decel and he was pleased ~ it happened when the baby moved and his heartrate went up and then back down when he settled back down
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When I listen with my fetoscope, it sometimes seems soooo slow -- enough for me to think I am really hearing my own heartbeat so I take my pulse to compare. Then she starts moving and thumping around and it goes up to around 140. I always assume the slow rate is when she's sleeping ... when she starts moving about it gets faster.
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Thanks for the responses, so far. Makes sense baby's HR decreases while moving less, and increases with movement.
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