i have a really good stethoscope (i'm a nurse) and i'm on the thin side and i still can't hear the heartbeat with the scope yet. (and i'm pretty good with a stethoscope). hope you can hear it, but don't be surprised if you can't!!
Agree with aj11, I'm a doctor and still can't hear baby's heartbeat with my stethescope (good quality paediatric one)... I check every night though, so will keep you posted as to when I hear it for the first time!
I can not speak for everyone but YES. I am 19 wks pregnant and I started hearing my baby's heartbeat with a stethoscope around 18wks. I am a rather thin person so this may be why I heard it so early.
I can only hear it in one place, my left lower abdomen near my hip bone. It sounds just like it does through the doppler, but much cheaper.
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