I don't have a doppler, but my doctor tries it every time she sees me. We didn't hear it on 9+6 (first try), but we did hear it this week at 13+5. This is my first pregnancy, and I'm not even close to showing yet, so the uterus was probably still quite low and protected back at 9+6.
I just ordered one too, Ricschick. I used one during my last two pregnancies, also. The earliest I could find my last baby was around 10 weeks, I believe. There are a lot of ladies online who claim they've found the heartbeat at 7 and 8 weeks...but honestly, that is rare, and not the norm. It is very likely that what they actually heard, was the whooshing from the placenta, their own heartbeat, etc. It's just really, really hard to find the hb on something so small...and baby is moving all over at this gestation too. Good luck! I'm sure there ARE people who have heard it this early on with their dopplers...but I don't think it's as common as the web will have you believe.
I always find baby around 8 weeks and I can assure you I know the difference. If you know what you are looking for and are very patient it's quite common to find it.
Along the top of your pubic bone then angle it around and down very slow rotating movements, might be easiest to start at your artery on the far left or right so you get to know the sounds x
I find that they tend to be hugging behind that so if you tilt Doppler one way you can hear your own hb and tilt it another and you hear baby. Patience is the key early on you have to move so slowly and you can literally go over the same place forever before you find it. It's only in the last 3 days that I've found it instantly.
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