My wife's due date for delivery is 23-Apr-09. Today she went for a routine checkup and scanning. She was told that the umbilical cord is around the baby's neck and also the fetal heart rate is high - 170. Doctor said that the heart rate is above normal and has asked her to go for another check tomorrow. Is the situation a cause of concern? Is the heart rate high because of congestion due to umbilical cord?
I wouldnt really say the babys heart rate is high. A normal fetal heart rate, according to my high risk doctor and every OB I've talked to, should be between 120-180.
The cord around the neck is cause for concern. I'm glad your doctor is keeping an eye on it.
If the baby is moving, the heart rate will be high for a short period of time in response--from 15 seconds to a couple of minutes. That's totally a normal response.
If it is 170 for a prolonged period of time, say for more than 10 or 15 minutes, that would be of more concern.
At about 30% of all deliveries, a cord in noted to be around the neck at the time of birth. The vast majority of times, everything is perfectly fine. Of course, now that its known prior to delivery, the doctor has a duty to be very cautious about monitoring the baby during these last weeks.
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