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    I am pregnant and my baby has a low heart beat. Should I be concerned?

    I am approximately 6 weeks and the heart beat is 77 beats. is this bad and will it increase or does it mean I will eventually miscarry? please advise.
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  • Dr David Moore

    Gynaecologist, Gynaecologist - Infertility (IVF) Specialist, Obstetrician

    David received a solid foundation to training in tertiary obstetric units and has developed skills in the management of complex and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. ... View Profile


    I'm sorry to hear that your ultrasound scan gave you such a worrying result. Although it is not definite, a heart rate less than 100 beats per minute at this early stage is, sadly, associated with a high risk of subsequent miscarriage. The low heart rate is not reliable enough to diagnose a miscarriage, however, and it would be best to have a repeat ultrasound in one week.

    I wish you all the best.

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