Slow Heart Rate At 6 7 Weeks

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Ellen Dockery - February 12

Hi... I am 43, expecting #2, am hopefully 7 weeks along, just went for first U/S two days ago... they said there was a slow heart rate, but wouldn't elaborate... What does this mean? What should I do? I plan on speaking w/ my OB next week, have an appt. in 2 weeks, I can't wait that long! Has this happened to anyone else with a positive outcome?


ekay - February 13

I can't believe they didn't refer you directly to your OB or schedule another u/s. Did they say how slow? I wouldn't wait another 2 weeks if I were you, that is an unreasonable expectation for you. I would call and demand another u/s for about a week after your 1st one. I had a somewhat similar situation. I went in at 6w5d (4th pregnancy, hopefully 3rd successful) and the heartbeat seemed slow to me because I was remembering what my daughters looked like at the same time. Doc didn't seem concerned, but I was freaking out. I asked for another u/s (course I am gonna have to pay for it) and when I was supposed to be 8weeks everything looked great except I was now dated at 7w4d, which there wasn't anything wrong with, I was just hoping to be getting closer to the 12 week point :( I hope everything works out for you and please keep me posted.


Ellen - February 13

Hi - Thanks for the reply... No, they didn't refer me to my OB or schedule another u/s... and didn't say how slow... I'm very irritated at them! They also dated me at 6w7d... I thought I was further along too... I'm not waiting, no way... I'll get back when I know more...


Stefani - February 13

I would schedule another US. I can't believe they didn't refer you back to your OB...or someone. Unfortualtely I don't have a good story. I went in thinking I was 8 w and the Us said only 6w3d...and a slow heaert beat. I am currently going through a m/c. I can to this forum when I was looking for answers too. I truly wish I had a better story to set your mind a peace. However every pregnancy is different, and your story could turn out just perfect. I will say a prayer for you....stay positive. I would however get serious with your doctor and get some answers. It can make all the difference. God bless!


Nicole - February 15

Dear Ellen. I went through exactly the same thing you are experiencing. I was 7 weeks pregnant when I started spotting and then moderately bleeding. I immediately went to my OB and they gave me an ultrasound which showed an embryo of almost 6 weeks in size and a heart beat of only 81 bmp. They advised me bed rest and to repeat the US in 3 days. Upon the second scan, it did show the baby grew a little and the HB went up to 91 bpm. Good news. My OB gave me a 50/50 chance to carry this to term. However, my bleeding continued and I started to pa__s small clots. I went again for another US 3 days later to track the baby's progress and unfortunately, they were not able to find the baby's heartbeat. I was very heartbroken even though I knew I was probably not going to have a good outcome since the research I did on slow embryonic heart beats usually resulted in a miscarriage. I am so sorry. I do believe in miracles and my doctor said he did experiences cases where the babies survived. Every pregnancy is different. I am currently in the ending stages of a miscarriage but look forward to trying again. I would recommend going back to your OB ASAP for an US to track your babies progress and give YOU peace of mind. Good luck with everything.


Nicole - February 15

Hi Ellen. I forgot to mention that according to my doc and the research I've done, in very early pregnancy the embryo's heart beat should go up 10bpm every 3 days and grow about 1 mm a day. I am not a doctor, but this is what my doctor was looking for with my repeat ultrasounds when my baby's heartbeat was low at 7 & 8 wks. I hope this information is helpful. It's also a GREAT sign that you are not bleeding--- So keep the faith and let me know how your appts go!


Ellen - February 17

Thanks for everyone's replies... whether good outcomes or not... I feel for everyone. I am still hopeful about this preg., since I haven't had one lick of spotting or bleeding, Thank God. I emailed my OB, who wants me to go to another u/s facility, but it's one I've never heard of, and is not on my health insurance providers list of facilities. So I sent him a .pdf of the list. I can't afford to go to an out of network facility! So I'm not yet panicky, not too much, because I haven't seen another u/s yet. I guess time will tell what will happen. I sure would like to know what's going on. I might just call the OB now... although it's so hard to get through sometimes.


Ellen - February 17

Okay... so to update... I contacted both my OB and the u/s Dr. (radiologist). The u/s Dr. said he noted a heartbeat, that there was a living being growing inside me, and everything seemed to be normal, except for a slower heart rate. He didn't say how slow, as apparently they didn't record that. He also felt it was too early in the pregnancy to measure the hr. So he didn't see any real need for concern. He said only time will tell. My OB's nurse called, and basically said the same thing, that everything seemed fine, and that the u/s Dr. didn't feel there was a need for another u/s yet. They were both rea__suring, to an extent, so I feel better, but I'm still wondering what's going on inside... Oh, yeah, and the OB wants me to see the same u/s people as last time, he just used a different name. Unfortunately, they are in "negotiations" with my insurance provider. So I can't go to them, unless I pay out of pocket. grrrrrrrr....


Ellen - February 26

Another update... saw the OB this past Friday 2/25, (2 Dr. office, so saw the other Dr., a woman Dr.). She reviewed the 1st u/s report, (which I saw, and it said the heart rate was only 52 bpm!!! To say the least, I was aghast!) and the OB immediately ordered another u/s, which I have scheduled for next week. The rest of the u/s report said everything suggested a normal pregnancy, save for the slow hr. This is so irritating. I can't stand waiting around. I haven't had any morning sickness at all, no bleeding/spotting, so I'm not m/c, but after reading about low hr's elsewhere, I've not seen any as low as the reading I had, and seemingly statistics say I have a higher than normal chance of m/c in the first trimester if the hr is lower than, say, 98 bpm. But with no u/s, I won't know for another week what's going on (and it's been more than two weeks since the last u/s, and will be three weeks when I go in next week!) This is so excruciating... any words of optimism or comfort out there? I'm not handling this well... My hubby is helpful at times, but I need more... I can't stand waiting!! Urgggh!


Ellen - February 28

Here again, updating only to myself... seemingly... well, this past Saturday I had my first ever spotting experience. It was slightly brownish, and not very much, staining my undies. And I had some lower left side dull aching, but no real cramping. But so far, nothing since... I have rescheduled my u/s for tomorrow morning at 10 AM instead of Thursday. I don't know why exactly, but I have a sneaking suspicion that something has gone awry, but I won't know for sure until after the u/s. Things just don't feel "normal". I'm going to steel myself for the worst case scenario... but I'll accept any comforting words or well wishes from whomever reads this. Sometimes I feel like screaming at the original u/s tech & Dr., since they were the ones who wouldn't "elaborate" on the slow hr. It's not fair to leave someone hanging like that... the waiting and wondering is excruciating, and from reading so many of these posts, I know many others must have similar feelings and experiences. I feel comforted knowing I'm not the only one having these experiences. I'll keep updating - only time will tell... the one fortunate thing for me, for my family, is that we still have been blessed by one beautiful and sweet little girl who is almost 2 yrs. old, and we love her so much! My heart goes out to those who suffer loss and don't have even one. We were so lucky... Good luck to all of you!


ekay - February 28

Hi, Ellen. I am so sorry for the stress that you are going through. I hope and pray that everything works out for you and should this pregnancy end up in loss, I hope you don't give up trying to have another little baby and I wish you more than the best of luck.


gerri - February 28

Hello ellen, I am so sorry to read about what is going on with you and your baby. I hope that there is a better outcome please keep us posted............God bless, your in my prayers


stacey - February 28

I hope all goes well for you! Soemtimes those little hearts do pick up. Do you still have pregnancy symptoms? That's alwasy a good sign. please let us know tomorrow!


Linda - February 28

Ellen, what happened? I just went to OB today with spotting too. I am almost 9 wks and baby is only 102 bpm and measuring small. OB said it's likely I'll miscarry. Just curious about you. I hope she's wrong. This would be our #2, but I am 39 next month, so I can't keep trying. I'm afraid it was due to my age.


Ellen - February 28

Linda - you're young yet at 39... I'm a mere 43, and will be 44 this year... but I'm still game to try for another, even if this one doesn't work out... there's plenty of other women over 40 trying for little ones... age isn't the only reason things don't work out, there are plenty of other reasons... I've got the book "What to Expect When you're Expecting", and there's plenty of detail there. So don't give up yet! And thanks to the others for the kind words and thoughts. I'll be back in touch tomorrow after my u/s results.


Sherry - March 1

Ellen, what happened with your ultrasound? I just heard from my doc's office a few minutes ago, they want me to go back for my 2nd ultrasound tomorrow. My first ultrasound last week, at 7 weeks along, showed a "little bit slow' heart rate. I don't know what this means. They had no numbers from the clinic.


Linda - March 1

I am scheduled for 2nd internal u/s Monday afternoon. Had progesterone checked this a.m. Hope to have results from that tomorrow. I just can't decide what to think. OB said I would miscarry. She was pretty confident. But then I see the notes on this site, from others in same boat, and things turned out great. Can I be 8-9 weeks and measure 5-6 wks? Can babys heartbeat be 102, and still be viable pregnancy? I am SOOO tired, and sooo confused. Crying and crying...



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