Low heart rate

I haven’t heard Dr. Shapiro’s response to my results yet, but I couldn’t help doing a little research in the meantime. 80 bpm is quite low for 6 weeks 3 days. This study predicts a very high miscarriage rate:

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  1. ugh. okay. i’m so sorry that everything wasn’t perfect today. but listen. 60% is not 100%. and 40% is still pretty good odds. next ultrasound is going to be the really big one, and that would be true regardless of today’s results. i am so sorry you are going to feel afraid until then. i will be thinking about you like crazy. xo, friend.

    • thank you for keeping me in your thoughts! yes, the fear is a soul-crusher, what to do what to do. I’m feeling a little bit better now. Trying to trust RBA’s response. It’s hard because I have so been here before—doctors saying “this is normal” when it most certainly was not. But I have to remember that these are the eggs of a much younger woman. Sigh. This is the first time in this pregnancy I’ve craved a BEER.

  2. While that site doesn’t have the best news for this situation, I just want you to know that I’ve been to two separate ultrasounds, my SIL and my best friend, they both were this gestation and worried about a BPM of 90, fretted for weeks and showed me these sites and those two tiny babies we worried over are two gorgeous healthy girls. I don’t want to give false hope because that bothers me when people do that blindly but I did have these experiences and I thought maybe it would help to hear that it could go both ways. Either way my dear, I am here for you no matter what. Thinking of you always xoxo

    • You’re so kind. Your stories do give me heart. I will try to think of them often when I swing down into gloomy-scary-anxious-ville. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts!

  3. Oh and one of them had experienced previous repeated early losses.

  4. There are so many good stories out there of LHRs turning into perfect babies. I know its hard but try not to read too much into it. Hang in there hun, thinking of you xx

  5. My heart is sick for you because I know what’ve been through to get to this point, and I wish it would all be easy and straightforward for you. But the previous poster is right – 60% is not 100%. And it’s about time the odds swung in your favor! Thinking of you! xox

    • Thank you, I know, I feel the same way whenever I read about a struggle you are going through. I am feeling better after RBA reassured me. I have to try to let go of control (again, and again) and trust my doctors (even though that has not worked out so well in the past). Huge thanks for your support.

      • How are you feeling today? (And I mean both physically and emotionally). Still nauseous? Have you settled in to a maintainable head space? A week is an awfully long time to wait – I’m going stir crazy for you! Even my husband has been asking after you, “How is your internet friend? Is her little star hanging in there?” Have you found a way to pass the time?

        • Oh man, how sweet of your husband. Makes me cry. Tell him that I think she is. I do. And I think I’ve found a maintainable head space. I think maternal instincts are kicking in, telling me to get my act together and get calm, for me and this baby. I’m going to go to yoga like crazy. I’m going to believe.

  6. I know how scary it can be, and how hard the waiting is. I wish you had gotten more reassuring news, but there is still reason to hope. I’m hoping all turns out OK for you & the little babe!

  7. Oh no! I hope that it’s just a dip in the road. STEP AWAY FROM THE INTERNET, it does nothing but feed worst case scenario fears. That’s my two cents–thinking positive thoughts for a higher heart rate next time and a worry free rest of your pregnancy!

    • I know—if you want to find what can go wrong, just google it. The people for whom things have gone wrong are more likely to write about it than others. I think the study I found could be misleading. At least that’s what I’m trying to think.

  8. Nina

     /  September 30, 2013

    Please do not worry and step away from the internet. I live in Europe and my doctor never looked at the heart rate but only if the heart was beating. I send you lots of positive vibes.

  9. I am so sorry. I was in your shoes a few years ago. Ours was 97 or so. By 8 weeks it was up to 135, but we lost it shortly thereafter. I wish doctors would be more upfront and less “lets hope for the best.” For me, at least, it helps to prepare emotionally. I’m sorry you are stuck in this in-between place. It’s awful.


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