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    Hi, just a quickie..
    I thought that I would hear the baby's HB during my 1st ultrasound last week and was surprised to hear that they don't like to do that anymore, due to the ultrasound going through the heart.
    I'd never heard of this before, I got to hear my 1st baby's HB, but that was over a decade ago now. Is this common practice these days? Did you get to hear yours?

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    DS is only 8 months old and i heard his heartbeat at every ultrasound i had! I have never heard of that before!

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    Hi
    Nope I didn't hear my baby's heartbeat until 22 weeks? I think when I had my first routine appt. with the OB at the hospital!

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    The ultrasound would be going through the baby's heart anyway, whether they turn on the volume or not.

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    I hear bubs heart with a doppler everytime I go to my OB and at 2 of my ultrasounds.

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    The sonographer told me that they are taught not to do it anymore because it is bad for the baby. However she admitted that she listened to her bub's heartbeat whenever she could

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    I heard my baby's heartbeat at 12 weeks - my OB sent me for an internal ultrasound after having trouble finding my little one when he was doing a scan (found out afterwards my uterus was tilted backwards). I then had my NT scan at 13 weeks, but only saw the graph at that appointment.

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    I've heard bub's heartbeat at 2 of 3 ultrasounds - at the one we didn't get to hear it, it was because their equipment was rubbish and the sonographer said so.

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    The technician said that they didn't do it because of the ultrasound beam going through the heart in order to hear it. They said it wasn't necessary as we could could clearly "see" the heartbeat on the monitor (it was 158 beats per min) and didn't need to "listen" to it. This was at a big hospital, The Werribee Mercy in Melbourne. She said that the OB may do it with another device, but they didn't do it during ultrasound anymore.

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    But a Doppler uses "ultrasound" waves to enable us to hear a heartbeat. My OB has used one on me every time I've seen him since babies HB could be detected.

    I'm not sure if he would do this if it was dangerous? But why would your technician say that it is...

    I'm going to ask at my next appt. coz now I'm


 

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