Post # 1
Hi- I’m 7 weeks 6 days. Today they estimated the fetal HR to be 140. 6 days ago, I was told 144. Mind you, they were completely different methods (the first was calculated with M-mode, today’s was just the doc looking at her watch and counting). I’m still a little freaked out though. Any experience with HRs on 7 and 8 week ultrasounds?
The doc today was not worried at all. But I am, Bc I worry about everything
Post # 2
140 is a perfeclty healthy, normal heartrate for the first trimester or really for any time in pregnancy. If your doctor was concerned, they would have said so – doctors are not in the business of keeping us in the dark when something is potentially wrong! I know how stressful early pregnancy is, but please try to trust your provider and not make yourself worry unnecessarily. If you google “baby heart rate at 8 weeks,” you will find a billion posts on babycenter, whattoexpect, etc. saying their baby’s heart rate was just around where yours is. I know, cause I’ve been there.
FWIW, my baby’s heartrate was around 140 at 7/8 weeks too. It shot up to 170 by 10 weeks, which is normal, but ever since then it’s been anywhere from 130-160.
ETA: By the way, congrats on a healthy ultrasound! This is a huge milestone and such an encouraging sign re viability. I really hope you’ve been able to put away the pregnancy tests at this point 😉
Post # 3
Anything between 120-170 is considered normal in the first 10 weeks.
You really only need to start worrying if you go below 120..
Have you considered seeing a therapist? As you’ve acknowledged, you seem to be stressing yourself out quite a bit. I’m just thinking about how long and hard the coming 8-9 months are going to be otherwise.. and babies are basically suicide machines.. so it won’t necessarily get better when baby is born.. finding a way to manage your anxiety will likely pay off.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2016 - Montego Bay, Jamaica
try not to worry about all that! 140 falls perfectly within the normal range. I was 160 at 8 weeks which is also in the normal range. Everything sounds great 😀
Post # 5
I wholeheartedly agree with Amanda above about looking into therapy for anxiety. We warned you about this in the many threads you made about your test progression…there is ALWAYS going to be something to worry about in pregnancy, and 9 months is a long time. You graduated from the pee stick stress, and now you’re stressing about fetal heart rate. Next step will be worrying about why the baby hasn’t moved yet, then why it moved one day and not the next, then why the movements suddenly feel different…not to mention you’ll continue having the baby’s heart rate checked and that will vary at every single appt. Then there’s the stress associated with “is this preterm labor or a poop!??” or of course the actual experience of delivering the baby, and then caring for it!
For your own sake I’d really look into talking to someone about your anxiety. You’ve been through a lot bee and it’s understandable that you have this much anxiety, but it’s not healthy or sustainable. I hope you’ll do yourself a favor and talk to someone about it!
Post # 6
Your heart rate flucuates throughout the day, as does your baby’s. Maybe your baby was sleeping. Maybe just relaxing. Maybe s/he was jumping around before and isn’t now. Maybe you had sugar last time. Maybe you were tired this time.
Relax! My little guy was anywhere from 130-150. His last heartbeat count right before he was born was 131.
I haven’t read your other threads, but there’s always going to be something to stress about. There’s nothing you can do anyway to stop something if something is going to happen. Take care of yourself, eat right, rest, exercise and ENJOY! You’re pregnant!
Post # 7
tiffanybruiser : and then there is GD and pre eclampsia and anemia and vaccines and every time someone slams on the breaks when you’re in the passenger seat and…
The list is so so long. :/
OP this really isn’t meant to make you feel bad. It’s seriously out of concern for you. I’ve got a small group of friends who I lean on so heavily for this stuff and they lean on me. It’s normal to have anxiety but you need support and to do what you can to avoid spirals.
Post # 8
Bee, you are pregnant. The worrying is never going to stop now so start getting used to your new normal of being a worried parent! : ) My husband always says to me when I get into an anxious rut myself: “Is worrying going to affect the outcome? If so I’ll worry right along with you. If it’s not like the harder you worry the less of a chance something bad will happen, then why stress yourself out for nothing? It’s not productive.” Because if god forbid something did happen to my pregnancy, then I would have robbed myself of the joys of the pregnancy for no productive purpose.
Of course I still worry but what he says does help. I also read somewhere on Reddit I believe it’s on the r/CautiousBB subreddit:
”Today you are pregnant. And that is amazing!”
Post # 9
zebra10 : Agree wholeheartedly with PP about therapy.
Also — why would you think the HR is supposed to increase from 7 to 8 weeks? That’s not a thing.
And the M mode and counting on a watch are not different methods, and are essentially the same thing – counting beats per minute. The M mode just refers to the beats along a visual axis.
Post # 10
Bee, therapy. You need therapy. I don’t say that in a bad/mean way but you’re going to drive yourself crazy over the next 9 months. Stressing over everything is the worst thing you can do for your baby! Remember whatever you feel, baby feels.
I think it would also benefit you to learn some coping strategies so you don’t go insane the first few months after the baby is born. I’m a worrier too, so I get it. I was a little crazy after she was born – so much so that the first week we slept in shifts so that someone was always watching her at all times. It’s not sustainable to operate like that and I feel like if you don’t get a handle on things that’s the boat you’ll be in.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
In labor the fhr jumps around a lot, so be prepared for that.
Post # 12
slomotion : all of this. I suffer from anxiety and nothing, nothing can prepare you for the hormone crash post birth.
Post # 13
This is completely normal. It’s not meant to go up, down or anything in particular. It just needs to stay within that normal range.
I’m 35 weeks and had a CTG a few weeks ago. In the space of half an hour I watched baby’s HR go up and down in big and little jumps, anywhere from 120 to 170. It’s not a static thing.
Post # 14
I am going to echo all the other comments about finding ways to cope with your anxiety. I remember your last thread and the same thing then.
Not sure where you are but I know here you can talk to you midwife about getting some mental health support alongside your antenatal care. I have a friend who really suffered from anxiety and after her daughter was born it just got worse. She ended up in hospital with mastitis because she had worried herself so much about breastfeeding that she had made it hard for herself to physically do it. In the end she had to stop because she couldn’t cope with not knowing how much milk the baby had had. That was her breaking point and she got some great support and counselling to help deal with her anxiety. By The Way – her little girl is doing so well and is soooo clever and full of beans.
Post # 15
That’s totally normal. The baby’s heart rate will also fluctuate depending on if they’re awake or not and how much they’re moving throughout the entire pregnancy.