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    Default Fetal Heart doppler...

    I am 16 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and the other day at the first hospital appointment the nurse had trouble finding the heart beat yet kept hearing the beating of the placenta and umbilical cord.. she eventually found it, but i have never ever heard of this.. as the last 2 pregnancies, I went private (nothing to do with anything really, just thought i'd mention) and they never picked any other beats up, only the heart beat straightaway and that's it. I didn't think there was anything else to listen to except for the heartbeat. .. she just kept saying ''no, that's not it, that's the placenta''... then ''no that's not it, that's the umbilical cord''... and i was lying there thinking "whaaaat?! since when do we listen for 3 different things, i always heard the one and only beat which would be the heartbeat"".. !

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    Maybe your placenta is up the front this time? I know with both of my pregnancies my placenta was anterior and the midwives would always pick up the gushing sounds from the cord/placenta...

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    not sure, she said it's still all sitting really low and hasn't moved up like it's supposed to at the end of the first trimester.. i would have thought at 16 weeks it would have..?

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    I found using a Fetal Heart Doppler at home to be really reassuring, especially if I hadn't felt bub move in the early months of pregnancy. We got one from a company in Perth, www.BabyBeat.com.au, they were really efficient and I got my Doppler the next day!

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    Probably an anterior placenta. Mine's anterior (at the front), and early on it often took a while to find the heartbeat because of the blood flow from the placenta. Even now (39 weeks) those sounds are still pretty obvious.

    As for sitting low... although it can be a problem later on, it may well move up. Probably nothing to worry about at this stage if the midwife etc. think all's fine.

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    Hi,

    Yes it is possible for the doppler to pick up placenta sounds, they are like gushing winds...and also possible to pick up your own heart beat and baby's heartbeat. It takes a bit of training before you can differentiate which is which. At 16 weeks, should be able to pick up bubs HB.


 

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