How to measure her pulse rate

Wait until the woman is resting and relaxed

Put the pads of two fingers on the pulse

Do not use your thumbs

Count the number of beats in the mother's pulse for one minute. use a watch or clock.

If you don't have a watch with a second hand, check the pulse if its slow, normal or fast compared with your own pulse. 

The pulse rate is normal when it is about 60 to 80 beats a minute when the woman is resting.

The pulse rate is high when it is 100 or more beats a minute when the woman is resting.

If the woman has a fast pulse of more than 100 beats or more a minute, she may have:
  • Stress, fear, or depression
  • Anaemia
  • An infection like malaria
  • Bladder infection, or infection of the uterus
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Thyroid trouble
  • Heart trouble 
Last modified: Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 12:16 PM