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I took a positive pregnancy test 11/5/10. When I went to the OB he did an internal examine and said I was approximately 10-12 weeks. When they did an ultrasound there was only an empty sac. They did a blood test immediately and the numbers showed I was close to 4 weeks pregnant. almost 2 weeks later I went to a specialist and they did an internal sonogram and it had grown however the heart rate was only 57. The next week they did the same thing and again it had only grown a little bit- almost nothing, and the heart rate hadn't really changed. They told me to cross my fingers and pray for a miracle. Is it possible the heart is still forming and that's why it's nowhere where it should be? I am terrified! Is there anything I can do to help increase the baby's heart rate?? Are there other explanations and how can I help??????
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replied December 10th, 2010
Welcome to the forum and I am really glad to help you out. I can understand the pain and agony you’re going through.

Unfortunately, nothing can be done to increase the heart rate of the growing fetus. Normal first trimester fetal heart rates rise from an average of 100 beats per minute (bpm) at 5 to 6 weeks to 140 bpm at 8 to 9 weeks.

Majority of the pregnancies in which heart rates are below 85 end in spontaneous miscarriage. This suggests that first trimester bradycardia slow heart rate) may be associated with a poor prognosis for the pregnancy.

Please consult your gynecologist for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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replied November 27th, 2012
hi there im going through a very simialr thing my babys heart rate is 109bpm at 12 weeks and i have had no answers can someone help
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