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So far I'm UP ing. I have a fetoscope I use every other day or so to help me "tune in" to the baby since I have a hectic life with other two small children. I'm 27 weeks and have noticed a couple of times that I can hear the heart beat in two different spots at the same time, about five inches away from eachother. Is this normal for a single baby?<br><br>
Also, a few times as I'm listening to the HB, which is generally 140-148 bpm, the HB will slow way down and then speed up. Is that a sign of anything to be concerned about?<br><br>
I really haven't had any other concerns and so have been UPing because I feel great.
 

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Could the second heartbeat be the placenta?
 

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Probably should know this but does the placenta have the same bpm? I'm getting around 140 on average for both HBs.
 

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my midwife was doing the heartbeat at our last visit and heard the heartbeat on one side and then moved it to the other<br>
and I was like how did you do that haha<br>
she said that it just had to be pointed in the direction of the heartbeat and not directly on it but this was with a doppler not a fetoscope so don't know if fetoscope would also work this way<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Placenta pulses in time to MOM's heart (usually btwn 60--80 bpm, more or less and depending on how awake/active/sleepy she is).<br><br>
Baby's heart and the umb. cord pulse in baby's time (usually btwn 120--160bpm, w/variations as above).<br><br>
Hearing the hb in two places that are fairly close could mean that you are hearing first on one side of the baby's heart, then on the other. Or maybe that you are first hearing the baby's heart, then the cord. Now, at this stage, if you were clearly hearing hb with a fetoscope much further apart, I might start to suspect twins....(tho one could still be cord). But in your case this sounds like one normal baby.<br><br>
And it is GOOD to hear variations in hb--this means baby's heart is probably healthy. A normal healthy heart does vary in its rhythm according to sleep, movement, and so forth--this is just as true for your baby as for you and all other healthy alive ppl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Variability is something I listen for, to help determine baby's health.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Placenta pulses in time to MOM's heart (usually btwn 60--80 bpm, more or less and depending on how awake/active/sleepy she is).<br><br>
Baby's heart and the umb. cord pulse in baby's time (usually btwn 120--160bpm, w/variations as above).<br><br>
Hearing the hb in two places that are fairly close could mean that you are hearing first on one side of the baby's heart, then on the other. Or maybe that you are first hearing the baby's heart, then the cord. Now, at this stage, if you were clearly hearing hb with a fetoscope much further apart, I might start to suspect twins....(tho one could still be cord). But in your case this sounds like one normal baby.<br><br>
And it is GOOD to hear variations in hb--this means baby's heart is probably healthy. A normal healthy heart does vary in its rhythm according to sleep, movement, and so forth--this is just as true for your baby as for you and all other healthy alive ppl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Variability is something I listen for, to help determine baby's health.</div>
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This is good info! Thanks so much~<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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