The Importance of Fetal Heartbeat

A steady and normal fetal heartbeat is very important to ensure the health of the soon to be newborn. The main concern for any parent is to be sure that their baby is as healthy as possible. That is why during the 9 months of pregnancy the future mother has to take several precautions to decrease any risk for her child.

In order to take good care of the baby the mother will have to be evaluated on a continued basis by a doctor.

One of the first signs that physicians look for in a baby is a regular fetal heartbeat. The heartbeat will usually start appearing after the fifth week of pregnancy however at this stage is still too early to be detected by some tests like the Doppler device. The ultrasound is normally used at this stage to confirm the beat. After a couple of more weeks, approximately during the tenth week of pregnancy the beating of the heart can be perceived using the Doppler instrument. At this point the doctors will keep using this device to check the condition of the baby. 

The mother will have to avoid the consumption of any medication that could pose a risk at any cost during the pregnancy time to prevent any complications.

When can you hear the pregnancy fetal heartbeats

The heartbeat can also be heard after the 20 week of pregnancy using a stethoscope. The baby’s heart beat is way faster than the one of the mother that’s how medical personnel can tell the difference between them. Adults have a beat of approximately 80 beats per minute while a baby will have a beat of 120 to 160 beats per minute. The difference is quite clear for anyone. Once the baby is born the heart will slow down a bit and will continue that pace as the baby grows.

The pulse in the baby is one of the factors taken into account to know the probability of a miscarriage. Irregular beats in the baby is normally an indication of a high chance of losing the baby during the pregnancy. An abnormal pulse in the baby can also means a high chance for the baby to suffer from a congenital heart disease. Pulmonary stenosis and aortic stenosis are among the most common types of congenital heart disease. 

Checking yourself frequently with your doctor can help you to prevent or treat any potential risk for your baby.


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