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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 09:55 AM   1
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When were you able to hear the heartbeat on Dr.'s Doppler?


My doctor couldn't find the heartbeat on the Doppler yesterday at 9w5d; she didn't seem concerned but I was pretty disappointed. We saw a healthy heartbeat on the ultrasound last week, but I was really hoping to hear it on the Doppler for further confirmation.

When did you ladies first hear the heartbeat on the Doppler at your Dr.'s office?



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 10:15 AM   2
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The thing you have to remember is that doctors don't have all day to sit around trying, and at 9-10 weeks it CAN take ages and ages. I could find baby on my own Doppler (and my son too) around 9+4 but it took a LOT of searching at times. I did think to myself, if this was a doctor or midwife doing it, they would've had to stop after a couple of minutes and I wouldn't have got to hear baby. So I really wouldn't say you have cause for concern here. Baby is tiny and baby's heart is seriously titchy!



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 10:19 AM   3
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This is why they don't do it here now until 16 weeks. It's so hard to find baby at that gestation, in comparison to everything else, they are absolutely tiny. There's a number of things that could affect weather you hear baby or not so please don't panic, I'm sure everything is absolutely fine. I really think that drs need to stop doing them so early as PP said, you can often find them at home on your own Doppler as you have a tonne more time than they do but it just causes panic when the can't find them



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 10:43 AM   4
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It took until 11 weeks to find on a doppler. I wouldn't worry about it too much. With my DS#1 I know that the doctor couldn't find his hb at 14/15 weeks and had to do an ultrasound (he was very wiggly) so even in later pregnancy it can be hard to find!



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 11:14 AM   5
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This is why they don't do it here now until 16 weeks. It's so hard to find baby at that gestation, in comparison to everything else, they are absolutely tiny. There's a number of things that could affect weather you hear baby or not so please don't panic, I'm sure everything is absolutely fine. I really think that drs need to stop doing them so early as PP said, you can often find them at home on your own Doppler as you have a tonne more time than they do but it just causes panic when the can't find them
At my 16 week appointment the midwife said they don't try until 25 weeks now - 28 weeks if it's not your first baby! Which seems kind of ridiculous, by that point you're feeling kicks so Doppler is sort of redundant. I didn't even ask, I have my own Doppler, I think she just assumed I'd want to so she was telling me. She said "it's because baby is small and if we can't find it we might press very hard and there's a small risk we could cause placenta bleeding" - I think that's bullsh*t, they don't do it because woman go into a total panic when they can't find the heartbeat! But they give this placenta excuse so that woman don't bug them for it. But yeah - OP, just goes to show that even at 16 weeks in the uk they now refuse to try because it's too likely they won't be able to find baby. In my opinion your doctor should not even have tried so early on, he panicked you for no reason. I can't remember this time round how long it took but with my son it took me like an hour of constant searching to find the heartbeat!



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 11:23 AM   6
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Mine was at 11 weeks. She warned me ahead of time that she may not be able to find it but got lucky on her first try. They generally don't try until 12 weeks here.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 11:29 AM   7
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When I was pregnant with my first they wouldn't even try until 16 weeks (because they often can't find them that early and then it causes panic over nothing). This time the midwife said they don't even try then anymore as standard so I think it would be my next appointment at 28 weeks? I would really try not to worry too much as it's still hard to find so early on. I was in the assessment unit at the hospital the other day and there was a mum there who must have been at least 34 weeks and it still took the midwife about 10 tense minutes to find the heart beat on doppler.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 11:42 AM   8
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Ahhh I've heard of them refusing the 16 week now in certain places, a lady in my 'due in jan' group had the same. It's not hit my county yet as I have an appointment booked for 16 weeks which is specifically for the heartbeat.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 13:00 PM   9
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Ah, well it must not be all trusts, but I actually totally get why they won't do it - I think it takes too long, they're rushed off their feet as it is and always running late. Now they just flat out say no. But 28 weeks is just silly, you're not even meant to use the Doppler once kicks are established because it can give false reassurance if baby was to be distressed. You can't even get a proper reading on a Doppler, all it really does is tell you if baby's heart is beating but not a heart rate. You need a proper ecg for that. So if they're not going to use the Doppler at 16 weeks they might as well not bloody use them!



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2017, 16:13 PM   10
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My midwives for my current and second pregnancies wouldn't try to find the heartbeat with the Doppler that early. I think I was 16 weeks before I heard my second baby's heartbeat with the Doppler. I had a different midwife with my first and she did try at 10 weeks and we did find the heartbeat, but she gave me a disclaimer before she tried which was that it was probably 50:50 at 10 weeks whether you'd find it at all. Baby is tiny and they have heaps of room to move around - they can hide from you! Especially if they're still behind your pubic bone, you're unlikely to find the heartbeat.

Actually my second baby was an excellent hider and it took the midwife ages to find his heartbeat even much later in the pregnancy.



 
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