9.4.2  What to do if the woman has a fast pulse

Important!If you do not know what is causing the fast pulse rate (above 100 beats per minute), refer the woman to the nearest health centre.

If her pulse rate is 100 beats or more a minute, she may have one or more of the following problems:

  • Stress, fear, worry, or depression
  • Anaemia
  • An infection like malaria
  • Bladder infection, or infection in her uterus
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Thyroid trouble
  • Heart trouble.

9.4.1  How to measure her pulse rate

9.5  Checking for signs of anaemia