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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?
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
March 2, 2017
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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.)

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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