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What do results from the fetal heart rate monitoring mean?

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A healthy baby’s heart usually beats 110-160 times a minute in the womb. It speeds up when the baby moves. Signs of possible problems include:

Lack of a normal heart beat doesn’t always mean something is wrong with your baby. Reasons for it can included medications or his position inside the womb. But lack of a normal heart beat can also be a sign that the baby isn’t getting enough oxygen.

  • Heart beats slower than 110 beats a minute
  • Heart beats faster than 160 beats a minute
  • Heartbeat pattern is abnormal
  • The heartbeat doesn’t go up when the baby moves or during contractions

From: Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/20/2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Fetal heart rate monitoring during labor,” “Special tests for monitoring fetal health.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Fetal heart monitoring.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Monitoring baby’s heart rate during labor.”

American Family Physician : “Interpretation of the electronic fetal heart rate during labor.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Fetal heart rate monitoring during labor,” “Special tests for monitoring fetal health.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Fetal heart monitoring.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Monitoring baby’s heart rate during labor.”

American Family Physician : “Interpretation of the electronic fetal heart rate during labor.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 20, 2017

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