Possible miscarriage

Patient : Fetal heart rate at 17wks is only 118bpm and measuring small. Is there a chance of miscarriage?
Symptoms:  None
Doctor :   Hello, Thanks for the query to ATD for an opinion, THE NORMAL HEART RATE in the pregnancy should be well above 140 bpm on an average. The slower heart beat as in your case does indicate a possibility of a likely foetal demise in next few weeks but again its not a certainty. A level 2 scan at 19-20 weeks for assessing any congenital or morphological anomaly in the foetus would be more helpful to diagnose if any heart defects have been notable which can be the possible cause of bradycardia and would reason the morbidity associated. Yes, the survival of the foetus with a heart rate of 118 bpm towards completion of pregnancy is a concern and a strict ultrasound and doppler follow up has to be maintained to regularly check for foetal viability and its growth. Also if no morphological cause if found in level 2 scan, then it would be really difficult to establish the cause in utero as no medication or intervention/ investigation can be offered in utero. I hope i have answered your query, Wishing you safe pregnancy, Regards

Related Q&A

Q: Insulin does not cross the placenta but glucose does, how will the baby’s body handle elevated glucose in the m...

Q: Is it possible to get pregnant while on the implanon? And if so, would the fetus survive or would it die with the imp...

Q: I have been on BCP for a while..It it normal to still breakthrough bleed? The blood is dark red to brown what can I d...

Q: My husband and I are trying to get pregnant and nothing seems to be happening. We have kids already but we want to ha...

Q: Is it possible to be pregnant an still see my monthly periods

 


DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews