I'm 9w5d. I saw a doctor (not my normal doctor) last week for another issue and i asked when I could hear my baby's heartbeat... she said at least 15-16 weeks, so it's way to early yet...
This morning I saw a different doctor (again not my normal doctor) for another issue and I asked again... and he said at least 20 weeks...
I'm sure I heard my baby's heart beat earlier than that in my previously pregnancies, but i can't remember...
when did you hear it for the first time?
I've been under a lot of stress lately, my DH has left me and the 2 kids, and things pretty horrible at the moment, i know it's probably stupid, but i just want to know that my baby is OK and if i could just hear the heartbeat, it would make me feel a lot better... I had a small bleed a few weeks ago and the doc gave me a referal for a scan, but told me not to use it unless i bled again... but when i was talking to the doc this morning, he said just go for the scan because it will ease my mind...
but i'm still wondering about the heartbeat... i was sure you could hear it with a doppler around this time.. ???
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14-03-2014 11:33 #1
When did you hear a heartbeat?
14-03-2014 11:36 #2
My dr won't even try the Doppler before 16 weeks as it isn't accurate before then. But a scan will be able to reassure you that everything is going along fine. I would book in the scan to reassure you. If they tried the Doppler and couldn't find the heartbeat because its too early it would only cause you more anxiety.
14-03-2014 11:38 #3
We heard the heartbeat at the 7w5d ultrasound, but didn't hear it with the Doppler until my 16w check up. I always found that a midwife would always say things would happen earlier than when an obstetrician would.
14-03-2014 11:39 #4
Exactly what Green Cheese said - around the 16 week mark is the earliest a doppler will work and that's dependent on bub's position.
Doesn't hurt anything to get the scan done - you can usually see a heart beat sometime between 5.5-7weeks.
14-03-2014 11:55 #5
I had a scan at 6 weeks to confirm the pregnancy and saw the heartbeat... but with the last few weeks being so devistating and stressfull i just want to make sure everything is OK.
14-03-2014 13:29 #6
First detected the baby's heartbeat at my dating scan at 7 weeks 4 days. Didn't get to hear it for the first time until my second midwife appointment at 21 weeks 2 days.
14-03-2014 13:53 #7
It was during my first mw appt we heard dd with the Doppler. Would have been about 16wks and even then I remember her saying it is not unusual to not pick it up
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14-03-2014 18:39 #8Senior Member
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I had a scan at 10+5 and heard it, went to the dr the next day to get the official ok on said scan, and he bloody put the doppler on then! I was freaking out, because I was about 3 days out from going overseas and getting married the next day and thought 'if you don't manage to find this heartbeat, I am going to worry and ruin the entire experience!' he got it almost straight away, and I am a BIG woman.
Another doctor put it on around 14 weeks too - at the hospital the MW said they won't do it until 20+, but an OBGYN put it on at my 18wk appt.
I think it has changed since my DD too, particularly in the hospitals, they like to wait until they are sure they can find it.
14-03-2014 18:54 #9
I didn't hear anything until my 16 week scan. We saw it flickering at 9weeks
14-03-2014 18:57 #10
I got to hear it at my dating scan at 7wks with my Ob. When I went for another scan at 9wks I asked to hear it again but the sonographer said no as they believe that the technology used is too strong (or something) in very early stages of pregnancy.
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