Appendix 3
Movement and Learning Patterns of the Unborn Child and The Development of the Senses


Heart Rate



The heart is contracting at a rate of 40 to 80 beats per minute, as measured with an electrocardiogram.
6th - 7th weeks after conception Rugh, p 53
The fetal heart rate decreases overnight. 20th - 22nd weeks after conception de Vries (1987), p 341
The daily pattern of changes in the fetal heart rate follows the changes in the maternal heart rate. 20th -22nd weeks after conception de Vries (1987), p 345 & 346


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