Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fetal heart rate?

According to web information, fetal heart rate has the following characteristic:

At about 5 weeks gestation, your baby's heart begins to beat. At this point, a normal fetal heart rate is about the same heart rate as the mother's: about 80-85 beats per minute (BPM). From this point, it will increase its rate about 3 beats per minute per day during that first month.
By the beginning of the 9th week of pregnancy, the normal fetal heart rate is an average of 175 BPM. At this point it begins a rapid deceleration to the normal fetal heart rate for the middle of the pregnancy of about 120-180 BPM. (Information source here)

So last week, we tried to detect our baby heart rate by a heart rate monitor.

Polar is good at heart rate monitoring.
Of course, our test has a lot of limitations, not to mention error and interference, but it seems that the watch can detect some heart beats.

It should not be Stephanie's heart beat, as it is too high. What do you think?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Shek O Beach at 19 Weeks!

I'm one week away from 5 months pregnant and half way there! Ivan and I enjoyed a leisurely swim on a beautiful hot morning at Shek O beach. It was fun to see Sonic friends and they enjoyed seeing me in my pregnant state! Ivan brought the waterproof camera to the platform, but the viewfinder was still wet, so that is why the pictures are a bit blurry in some places. Then Ivan went running and I walked and jogged. We then enjoyed breakfast with our Sonic friends.

I felt happy to go running again, but started wondering if other pregnant runners experience the same feeling of needing to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes during running, even though I just went! So after some research, I found out that "the urge to go every 5 minutes" is quite typical during running and that this support belt comes highly recommended by runners, which supports the uterus and relieves pressure on the bladder. Also, I found this cute t-shirt! I haven't ordered either one, yet. Maybe today so that I have it when I get to MN!