Everyday (or every other day) I listen to the babies heartbeat to reassure myself that everything is fine. Since I'm not 12 weeks I figured that the chance of miscarriage is very slim since I'm going to be out of the first trimester next week. Yesterday when I listened to the babies heartbeat it was at 169 (which its been at this whole week) and then tonight in was at 156. It took almost a 1/2 and hour to hear it tonight when usually I can find it right away. I just want to know if its normal... could the baby have been sleeping and that's why it was lower or do you think I should call my doctor in the morning?
This is very normal and no cause for alarm. A healthy baby can have a heartrate between 120-180 with no problems. If you use the doppler again, it will probably give you another number.
I am 34 weeks and had a non-stress test at my doctor's office yesterday. Within a half hour the heartbeat was anywhere from 134-160. The hb was going up as my baby moved and went down as she lay still.
It is very common for a fetal heart rate to drop or jump 10-15bpms at any time. They have resting and active heart rates as well just like we do. As for not finding it... don't fret about that. When I was 22 or 23wks I was looking for her heart beat on a doppler one day and it took me a bit to find it... She was hiding as big as she is.
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