DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that during the First Trimester, about 4 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy stage, the baby is now an embryo and 1/25 of an inch long? The nervous system (brain and spinal cord) has begun to form, arm and leg buds begin to develop, and the heart begins to form. And about 6 weeks, the baby’s heart starts to beat. A normal fetal heart rate is the same as the mother’s, the beat starts about 80 to 85 bpm (beats per minute) increasing three beats per minute per day during the first month.
There are a lot of myths about a baby’s heartbeat. A common one is that you can determine a baby’s gender by the speed of its heart rate. If the baby’s heartbeat is faster than 140 beats per minute, it is believed to be a girl. But if it is slower, then it must be a boy. However, this myth has long been busted as there are no scientific explanations to prove it. Today, most moms feel better when they can monitor their babies and their babies' heartbeat at home. In that way, they would be able to check on their infants' well-being without going to their midwife or their doctors. Good thing there are apps that can help keep track of a baby's heartbeat.