Our expert says:
Typically the fetal heartbeat can be seen after 6 weeks during a fetal ultrasound. This is not a set number and there is variation between patients. Statistics show that a fetal heart rate below 85bpm between 6 and 8 weeks markedly increases the risk of spontaneous abortion, so there is a possibility that the fetus may have aborted.
All pregnancies do not grow at the same rate - it is possible that a heartbeat may be found during your next appointment. In one study, the first trimester survival rate was 62 percent among 531 embryos with slow early fetal heart rates (less than 100 bpm at less than 6.2 weeks, less than 120 bpm at 6.3 to 7.0 weeks).
Follow up with your personal physician is essential.
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