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So, when did you ladies first hear your child's heartbeat?

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:01 AM
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My first prenatal appointment will be when I am about 7 weeks along. I am wondering if my midwife will be able to find my baby's heartbeat at that visit.

by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:01 AM
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DixonBabies
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

I've always been more than 15 weeks before hb could be heard via doppler. 

lovebug8526
by Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Im 12 weeks and 5day i havent heard heart beat. I have seen on the ultra sound
anotherandree
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM
At my 8 wk appointment, we SAW it on the u/s but couldn't pick it up on the Doppler.
lmp09
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Heard it at 10 weeks with both my boys (thats when their first appt was) and heard it at 12 weeks with my daughter (her first appt, saw it on the screen at 8 weeks)

mrsb17
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:36 AM
13 weeks is when we were able to hear it with the doppler.
HisUsmcWifey
by Silver Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:52 AM

I heard this baby's hearbeat at 10 weeks. It was with my own home doppler.

thePBandJmom
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Thanks ladies!

Raeann11
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM

My first at ten weeks(close to eleven weeks) My second was at nine weeks and my midwife was surprised we could hear it. My third was at twelve weeks. All on doppler.

mommy74146
by on Sep. 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM
Handheld doppler you can usually hear it around 11 weeks or so.

On ultrasound, you don't want the Sonographer to listen to the heartbeat in the first trimester. The possible tissue heating due to the high frequency of the pulsed doppler on the machine could potentially damage the heart. (There is no current evidence for this but it is avoided due to the potential risks) we go by an acronym ALARA. As Low As Reasonably Achievable. It's against sdms guidelines to use pulsed doppler during first trimester because of potential risks. We use motion instead to document heartbeat
meam4444
by Emerald Member on Sep. 28, 2014 at 6:42 PM

You're still pretty early to heart a hb with the doppler.  I know my midwife says she has heard it that early, but the gal had to be thin and baby in right spot.  The earliest that I've heard a hb with the doppler is nine weeks.

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