Low Fetal Heart Rate

31 Replies
Jeanni - December 2

I am almost 7 weeks pregnant and went for an ultrasound today. The baby's heartrate was between 60-62. Is this a sign of miscarriage? The doctor wants me to come back in 10 days for another ultrasound to see if it has come up. I am really scared because I have had 2 other miscarriages in the past. Please help put my mind at ease.


Christine - December 2

Im not sure what it is a sign of...lets just pray that it picks up within the next 10 days...good luck to you and your baby..


meredith - December 14

hi. I am 6 weeks ges. and woke up sun. morning bleeding. for the past two weeks, all symptoms of pregnancy have stopped, no more morning sickness, i felt like i was losing weight,etc... I just didn't feel pregnant. Sunday I went to the ER and had an u/s. the baby's rate rate was 55 and my hcg was 1950. the doctor said to come back in one week for an another u/s, but everyone has said that is a miscarriage. my bleeding has almost completely stopped by this morning tues. all the doctors including the dr. reading the ultrasound said that this kind of pregnancy doesn't do well. i am prepared that this pregnancy is ending. i have been reading a lot and statistically 1 in 4 pregnancies miscarry. I am the 3rd person I know who has gone through this in the last 6 months. I just turned 33 and this is my first pregnancy. It is very sad to know there is nothing I can do about it. I also have read and been told by doctors, my cousin is an ob/gyn that after 2-3 miscarriages it is possible to request chromsomal testing, which isn't inexpensive. But does mean that there is still the possibility to become pregnant. I would be interested to know what your doctor tells you.


Jeanni - December 14

Thank you to both of you for your responses. Christine, I am sorry that I didn't respond sooner, but honestly I could not figure out how to get back to this site. I know that sounds retarded, but it is the truth. Anyway, to let you both know, I went back for my ultrasound yesterday (12/13) and had started bleeding. There was no heartbeat at all. I asked the doctor when it basically happened, and he said right after my first u/s. I went today (12/14) for my D & C. I thank you both for your concern and prayers. Meredith, I know exactly how you are feeling and just to let you know that my first miscarriage was in 1998 and my second in 1999. I then went to my current OB because he specializes in fertilaty. My problem was that my uterus was too thin and the fetus could not attach. I finally went on Clomid and ended up with beautiful twin girls who are now 4years old. We weren't planning on having anymore children, but when I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited and really hoped that it was going to be a boy (for my husbands sake). The doctor told me that it was nothing that I did, but I have found out that the only way that I am going to be able to carry a baby to term is to be on meds, and right now I just don't know that I could handle the possibility of having another multiple birth. Meredith, I was 32 when I had the twins, and you still have plenty of time to have children. I wish you the best and my prayers are with you. Thank you both again for the encouraging words. God bless you both.


meredith - December 15

Jeanni, Thank you for posting a response. I am sorry to hear about your loss. I went to the doctor today 12/15 for my original appt. and they were able to get me in for another u/s which showed that the baby was no longer there. The positive side is that at least I don't have to have a d&c and everything seems to be ok internally. Thank you for writing about your daughters, that definitely gives me more hope for the future. Best of luck with everything. Meredith


GinaM - November 2

Hi Jeanni I am also in the same boat as you. I am 9 weeks pregnant and had a slow heart beat, they want me to come back next week as well. I have also had a miscarriage. From what I have read and heard from other people it seems that all is not hopeless. Sometimes the heart rate can come up, I know it doesnt help to sit and worry and wait but hopefully things will turn out good for both of us!


millerstac0878 - March 2

Hello, I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks and the hr was 101, and there was some blood in my uterus. I had another ultrasound yesterday, which puts me at 8 weeks and the blood was gone and the hr was up to 136 bpm. Although I know this isn't terribly low, I have read that it is a little low and may be a sign of a birth defect. I have a sibling with Downs Syndrome and have read that a slow heart rate can be an early sign for that too. Does anyone have any advice on this? Thanks :) Stacie


gcmickens - March 2

Hi! I am also in the samen boat as you gilrs and have posted in two other thread with no response so I'm starting to get discouraged... but at my 6w u/s they saw a small 3mm embryo w/ a nr of only 70 bpm!!! Some say there's a 50/50 chance, some say nil, but I have seen several miracles where the hb comes up within several days or a weeka and the baby survives the 1st trimester all the way to delivery with no further problems - so let's pray that all of us fall into the last category! I will onlu know the condition/fate of my baby this coming 3/8, Thursday at 9 AM pacific time or 2 pM EST, so I'll come back and let you know if I will be a mommy this time or not! Best of luck to you!


gcmickens - March 2

Sorry for the typos, I meant hr (heart rate) of only 70 bpm, and my u/s is Wed 3/8, not Thurs. 3/8 - GOOD LUCK!


gcmickens - March 3

BUMP - Anybody have any advice or anything to share with Stacie and I??? PLEASE?????


millerstac0878 - March 7

Hi gc - well it turns out that today was a really bad day for us. We had our first OB appt and the Dr. couldnt find the heartrate. We were sent for an immediate sonogram and the tech and the Dr. told us that the baby does not have a heartbeat any longer. I'm still realing from the shock of it all. We close on our new home tomorrow and I"m dreading the thought of going in there and seeing what I thought was going to be my baby's room. I certainly hope things fare out better for you. All my best...Stacie


gcmickens - March 9

Stacie - so sorry you are realing from your sadly ended pregnancy - I too am having to get a D&C tomorrow because the u/s showed the baby had barely grown and the hr actually dropped from 70 to 54 - not good. What's tough is that baby is still alive for the procedure tomorrow - very though, but my doc said there's absolutely no hope for this baby to survive such a low hr and even if it did it would have one or more difformity of chromosomal abnormality - they will keep the embryo and run tests on it to see what the problem was... what are you going to do? I had a miscarriage 4 years ago naturally and it was horrible - 2 weeks of heavy cramping and bleeding - very painful in more than one way, so I would highly recommend a D&C to you as well - I personally don't have the strength to go through a natural one again - it could take weeks... yuk! Well, hope to hear from you sweetie - hang in there - soon we'll be back having lots of fun ttc after gfrieving our losses - try to be stron - you will have your baby to sleep in your baby room, just a little later than you thought! :-)


Crystal - March 19

Hi, Ladies. I am so terribly sorry to hear of ya'll recent losses and even past miscarriages. In 2004 I had a similiar circ_mstance to many of ya'll and ultimetly had lost my first daughter, too. I now have a friend who has had multiple m/c of late and is currently pregnant again, but with a low fetal heartrate and so I was kinda researching a bit to chech her chances, I guess. Anyway because I have lost a child and it appears a few of you have also or are having to face this terrible pain right now, I felt compelled to tell you each of a support group I found when I lost my daughter. Some people do not need help, but I felt and still feel to this day that this group is what helped me get through losing my child. It is called Angels Forever Loved. The group and the site are wonderful. If any of you are finding it difficult to find the needed support and possible friendship you may need right now, Please come join our group.


Jo 5555 - September 24

I am looking for someone who has been in the same situation as me or is currently in the same situation. I 25 and am measuring 6 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins. One twin is measuring 6.4 wks and has a HR of 129 the other twin is measuring 5.4 weeks and has a heart rate of 75. I am wondering if anyone has been in this situation and what the outcome of their smaller/low rate twin was? I am praying for a miracle but this forum makes it hard to stay optimistic. Please if you have any info/advice/anything, let me know. And thank you.


danam - September 30

Hi - I just found out 2 days ago at 6 wks and 1 day that I'm having identical twins after IUI with only Metformin and on progesterone suppositories 100mg twice a day. Heart rates were 109 and 111, is this normal? Also, u/s tech said that one was smaller than the other - but I don't know by how much - what should I be asking? I've had 1 previous miscarriage, but spotted the whole time, I've had no spotting with this pregnancy. I'm 31 yrs old.


Stalyn - May 16

keep it up ladies.


kkharris4 - May 21

my daughter is 27 weeks pregnant she had her second ultrasound today and the baby's heartrate was 108bpm. I was wondering if anyone knows if this is normal or not thanks concerned Grammy



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