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    Default bub's heart rate

    I have just come from my 20 week ob check up and bub's is not regulating his hart rate very well. It dropped from 150bpm-80bpm within 3 mins of eachother. So it happened twice while the dr was listening to it. It did recover itself after 10-15 seconds.
    It was really scary hearing it slow down and because bub's is very active he kept moving away from the doppler so i'd hear it slow down and then i couldnt hear anything as he moved away!

    the dr said the heart muscles are still very immature and may not be contracting as well as they should be when bub's gets tired. In other words, his heart relaxes too much when he is resting/tired.

    I had my morph scan yesterday and the heart was thoroughly checked with no abnormalities noted. The Dr said this is a good thing and hopefully it's nothing but he is covering all bases just in case.

    I am now being sent off for an "urgent" scan of bub's heart to check blood flow and to look at the contracting muscle actions.

    Ive gone from such a high yesterday finding out we are expecting a healthy baby boy after having a little girl who was born 18mths ago!!! ............................. To today....anxious, scared and thinking "i knew it was all too good to be true".

    I really hate complications. Im nervous as all hell.

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    Oh wow, how scary. I hope everything is ok xx

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    I hope all is okay. Sounds like you're in good hands and appropriate follow up has been organised. Fingers crossed everything works out for you.

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    Thanks ladies. The ultrasound technician was very reassuring. She went over the heart very thoroughly even the umbilical cord. Thru out the entire 40mins it took, the heart never slowed down once, she said. Infact it was strong and constant the whole time. She said she wasnt an expert on the heart, but it may have been a one off thing that wont happen again.
    She also said she has seen some fetus' hearts to stop completely for 10-15 secs then start up again. Apparently that's quite common.

    Got back to the hospital to have confirmation by a specialist that all was ok. He could not see anything structually wrong with the heart. No further monitoring required. I am booked in for an earlier checkup in a few weeks time.

    What a scare. I hope no one has to go thru that.
    Im at a public hospital and they were amazing.
    Gosh i love this baby so much already.

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    That's great that you have some reassurance from the dr.
    My bubs heart heart went high and low during the regular GP Doppler scan and my dr said it was normal, but I'm not sure of the rates/speed.
    Happy and healthy pregnancy xx

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    Just thought i'd updat on this -
    Spoke to my midwife about this and she said the doctor i had at the time was mixing up my heart beat and the placenta's with the baby's.
    She even showed me the difference between them. She straight away found the baby's heart beat and explained it is clear, fast, rythmic and strong. She then moved the doppler ever so slightly and picked up the placenta beating (me) - it was slower and had a 'whoshing' sound..... i said yes that's exactly what i heard!
    She said it was a shame this particular doctor didnt know the difference - he was a stand in and not even an OB so i dont even know why i didnt get a midwife or even an OB's second oppinion!
    Grrr!!! bloody public hospitals!!

    I am now 28 weeks along and am having a wonderful healthy pregnancy so far

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