Low Fetal Heart Rate in Early Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had an ultrasound last week when I was 6 weeks pregnant. We saw the baby, yolk sac, and heartbeat!! However, the ultrasound tech was concerned that the baby's heart rate was low, 86. She said this can be normal early in pregnancy and will hopefully pick up by the time I have my follow up ultrasound in 1 week.

I am trying not to worry, but I know 86 is a very low number. Is there any hope that this can still be a viable pregnancy? Is it true that it can be normal to have a low heart rate early in pregnancy and have it pick up?

Thanks! :)

Jessica

ANSWER

Sure, it can be normal. I even had a newborn who was that mellow :-). It is definitely premature to worry; you will know a lot more next week.

Good luck!
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.