thread: Hearing the HB with Doppler..... how early?

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    layla Guest

    Hearing the HB with Doppler..... how early?

    Hi girls, just a quick question:
    How early can the doc pick up the baby's heartbeat using a doppler machine?
    I'm going on holiday on Saturday and for some reason I think I'd feel much better if I heard the HB before we went.
    I'm really paranoid that something has gone wrong and I won't find out until we are away. I have no reason to think anything is wrong, I'm just being paranoid.
    I had a scan at 8 weeks but that feels like years ago.
    Anyway, I'm going in to have a blood test on Friday and if the doc would be able to hear the heartbeat at that stage (11 weeks) I might make an appt to see him too.

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    I was 14wks when they first heard Kameron's heartbeat with the doppler.


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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2004

    When i had my first midwife appt she said it was 12 weeks before they could hear the HB. Mine was heard at nearly 14 weeks.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Apr 2003
    Western Australia

    It was around 14 weeks for me too.

    Have a great holiday!!

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    Registered User

    Aug 2004
    Hunter Valley, Wine Country, NSW

    Layla, I think most OB`s don`t attempt to listen until after the 14 wk mark.

    Take Care


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    Pietta Guest

    I am pretty sure mine was at my first ante natal appointment which was also 14 weeks. It is such a wonderful thing to hear :-)

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    Lou Guest

    hearing heartbeat with doppler

    My Ob tried to hear baby's hb at 12w and 1 day but couldn't pick it up. of course i panicked but he reassured me this was nothing to be concerned about. I stressed about it over XMas and nearly convinced myself I had had a missed miscarriage (I think reading too much about this does more harm than good) my uterus is definately growing so i feel lot better, however I am quite anxious about my appointment with the midwife in a week as I really want to hear the heartbeat - I will be 16 weeks then. Did anyone's breasts lose their tenderness at around 13-14 weeks. Mine have never really been sore, mainly firm. This has happened to me but they are still big and still look like pregnant breasts (this was another reason why I started thinking something was wrong until I read this was normal). I also get that dizzy feeling when I stand up and can't see for about 5 seconds. This seems to happen more so when it is hot and if I have been lying down

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    layla Guest

    Thanks for all the replies!
    I won't bother asking if my doc can hear the HB. I'll only stress out if he tries and can't pick it up. (I can imagine how you feel Lou.)
    I guess I just have to trust that everything is alright and wait for my 12 week scan. 8-[

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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Nov 2003

    Yup, I picked up the HB at about 12.5 weeks. I'm positive I could have picked it up earlier though had I been looking in the right spot. I'd tried to hear it since 11w but I had been searching too low (which apparently is quite uncommon as most people usually search for it too high!). Early on in a pg you're supposed to find the HB right above the pubic bone/hairline but I actually found it just over an inch above there! But maybe my uterus/bub is just sitting higher than average... my OB said today that the top of my uterus is at my belly button already!

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    layla Guest

    Thanks Angel, I might get one of those machine thingy's then anyway. Not that it will help me right now but over the next few months I reckon it would be a great way to ease a worrying mind. 8-[