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What’s a Normal Fetal Heart Rate?

When will I get to hear baby’s heartbeat? What does the heart rate mean?

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When will I get to hear baby’s heartbeat? What does the heart rate mean?

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Your OB will probably listen for the heartbeat with a Doppler ultrasound device around week 12. (Some of our mom friends have had doctors try a little earlier, but usually not before week 10.) Anything between 110 and 160 beats per minute is considered "normal." And though we’ve heard many a grandma claim that the heart rate can reveal baby's sex, scientists say no way. In fact, the heart rate changes a lot -- even baby wiggling around can speed it up. (But if you want to play along for fun, the old wives' tale is that girls have faster heartbeats.)

Plus, more from The Bump:

Are Home Doppler Monitors Worth the Money?

No Heartbeat In Early Pregnancy?

Your Guide to Prenatal Tests

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What’s a Normal Fetal Heart Rate?

I'm 12 weeks today, and I had a transvaginal ultrasound in the middle of week 7 that allowed us to hear the heart beat! Then, last week during a regular check-up, the doc used what basically looked like a microphone to hear the heartbeat again.

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