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14 weeks pregnant

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The baby's heart beats at 140 to 160 beats per minute (bpm), compared with the adult rate of approximately 70 bpm. The heart will continue at this faster rate until after your baby turns two years old. Hear now how fast your baby's heart is beating in our sound gallery!

Ask the expert

Beth asks: "How early can you hear your baby's heartbeat?"

HeartbeatOur expert answers: "How early you can hear the baby's heartbeat is dependent on many variables. We expect to be able to hear the baby with an amplified doppler by about 12 weeks of gestation -- but there are many variables to be taken into consideration.

"One of the reasons that we may not be able to hear the baby at that point is the position of the uterus or the position of the baby in the uterus. Another reason is that many mothers have an additional layer of fat just above the pubic bone. This is the area we listen through when we are looking for a very small baby at around 12 weeks. Sometimes it can be difficult to locate the baby or hear it when you are listening through a little extra padding."

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Boy or girl?

Have you heard the old wives' tale that your baby's heartrate is an indicator of his or her sex? Don't bet on it, says Ann Douglas.

Although this particular myth has been kicking around for decades, there's only one study on the books that supports it: a 1993 study at the University of Kentucky that concluded that the fetal heartbeat could be used to correctly predict the sex of 91% of male fetuses and 74% of female fetuses. Every other study conducted before or since has reached the exact opposite conclusion -- that the fetal heartrate can't be used to predict the sex of your baby."

To debunk a few other old wives' tales, go here!

Leg pain?

pregnantHow can you relieve the leg cramps that are so common during pregnancy? Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, suggests flexing your feet (toes pointing up toward the ceiling) to stretch the calf muscles. Even trying this before you go to sleep at night can sometimes prevent them from happening overnight. For more ideas on dealing with these painful cramps, click here!

Green & safe cleaning during pregnancy

You don't want toxic cleaning chemicals near your baby. Try to get into the habit of using green minded cleaning products while you're pregnant and you can save the earth while you kep you and your little one healthy. Some chemicals in cleaning products like nitrobenzene (in some wood polishes) have been linked to birth defects and cancer.

Click here for more information about how to stay green and safe during pregnancy.

Ideas & inspiration

"O young thing,
your mother's lovely armful!
How sweet the fragrance of your body."
- Euripides

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