Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
The common use of continuous fetal heart rate monitoring requires that providers be aware of the interpretation of variations in fetal heart tracings.
Normal fetal heart rate is 120–160 beats per minute (bpm) with evidence of short-and long-term variability.
Fetal heart rate acceleration must be distinguished from fetal tachycardia and is generally considered a favorable finding.
Abnormalities of fetal heart tracings may be related to either rate or deceleration.