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how early can you hear the baby's heartbeat? We went to the drs and heard it at 7 weeks, well he told me i was 7 weeks and heard the heart beat, but this book im reading says you can only hear it as early 12 weeks? im confused

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Asked by dlepasti at 11:47 PM on Jan. 20, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • books are weird. a lot of times stuff is outdated. or your doctor can have a better piece of equipment to hear the heartbeat with that the book may not know about. i learned to use books as a guideline and only that! theyre honestly not super accurate about that kind of stuff becasue technology changes everyday

    Answer by Amanduhpanda at 11:55 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • you heard it with the wand up your giney, outside the tummies its 12-14 weeks

    Answer by aliciatron at 11:56 PM on Jan. 20, 2009

  • I assume it depends on each person. A friend of mine heard her babies heartbeat ousidet the belly at 8 weeks. I had to wait until 13 or so weeks. I wouldn't think it could be any earlier than 7 weeks, though I could be wrong.

    Answer by KJDsMommy at 12:00 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • if you heard it in a transvaginal ultra soudnn then ya id believe it but with the doppler outside your stomach then its around 12 weeks

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 12:00 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • i heard it at 8 wks OUTSIDE the tummy. go w what your dr says not a book

    Answer by tnteaton at 12:01 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • It CAN be heard earlier than 12 weeks but is much easier at about 12 weeks. There is a big range on the "right" time you will hear it-can depend on the moms size also. Any questions-as your dr or midwife,. :)

    Answer by BonJovilover at 12:01 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • My dr said it is not common to hear the baby until it's between 10 & 12 weeks, but maybe your baby is more cooperative and it's closer to your skin than others. some that are nestled farther back, may be harder to hear? lol

    Answer by Central_IL_Mom at 12:21 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • Your baby has to be in exactly the right position for you to hear it that early. It's around 12 weeks that if you don't hear it, it could really be a sign of a problem.

    Answer by tyrelsmom at 12:43 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • The facts listed in books are based on generalizations. Congrats if you were able to hear your's at 7 weeks, that's not very common! It could be that you're further along than the you thought, but you also could have just been really lucky!

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 12:48 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

  • i heard mine at 7 wks at the dr office. he said it was becasue i was so thin.

    Answer by HayleyGM at 10:37 AM on Jan. 21, 2009

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