If you are prepared to not find a HB without worrying then I say go for it I have an anterior placenta and I always find HB straight away but it always takes my midwife a little while to pick it up xxx
Where abouts on your stomach do you listen? The midwife today was trying really really low down, I mean if I hadn't waxed it would've all been on show!! But when I was scanned to make sure all was ok, they were looking much higher up.
It's normal to have trouble finding it before 16 weeks. Your uterus is barely poking out of your pelvis right now so baby can hide really well. I wouldn't say it's pointless to buy a doppler though.. it may just take a bit before it's easy for anyone to find.
my midwife took ages finding babies heartbeat but i normally find it right away. i have an anterior placenta too. sometimes it does sound like a double heartbeat as i pick up baby and the placenta beating too. when you get your own doppler and use it all the time you will know where to look and how high or low to go. i would say for peice of mind to get one. i heard that even if you struggle to find heart beat if you at least pick up the pulsating sound the placenta makes that means baby is alive. not sure how accurate that is xx
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