I have an appt with midwife tomorrow. I will be 10w2d and I am wondering if I should ask her to look for a hb with the doppler. I saw the hb at my ultrasound at 7w2d but would really love the reassurance of that hb tomorrow. What do you think the odds are that I will be able to hear it? Afraid that if we try and don't hear it I will be really disappointed.
Anyone get a hb with doppler yet?
It's pretty rare to hear it that early (though I hear lots from the women on these boards who say they have). I remember going in at 11 weeks when I was pregnant with my daughter, trying to hear it with doppler, and then being worried and disappointed for no reason (they did an ultrasound at that visit just to confirm all was ok--it was an OB) but I'm glad my next midwife appointment isn't until 13 weeks when I have a little better chance of hearing it. We'll give it a shot then.
If you think it would worry you to not hear it, and you don't want to get an ultrasound, then maybe skip it until your next visit?
I don't know what the odds are, but I know that they say it doesn't mean anything if you don't hear it before 12 weeks. With DD, I did hear it at 10 weeks, but I was super skinny back then. This time around, if I don't hear it I know I will flip out & probably demand an ultrasound. But not trying isn't an option either. If I know me, I will probably go into that appointment assuming the worst and if something doesn't change that during the appointment I will leave feeling the same way, whether we try to hear it & fail or don't try at all.
I think it's possible to hear it at 10 weeks, but certainly doesn't mean anything if you don't. Like a PP said, it's totally normal not to hear it until close to 12 weeks or later. My first appt. is at 11w3d, originally I would have been 11w6d at that appt. and that was as early as they would agree to see me. I don't really feel like changing the appt. to the following week though since that will be awful close to Christmas. And at this point, they may not be able to change it anyway.
I'll be interested to hear how it goes for you ladies because my next appt, I will be 9w4d and I'm waffling back and forth between asking the dr to try with the doppler. I do NOT want to tell the kids before we hear/see the heartbeat again and I would love to tell them the week of Christmas.
i got a heartbeat with the doppler at 9 weeks 5 days. I had an u/s at 9 weeks 6 days and I was amazed that I didn't need an internal - it was surprisingly clear too, could actually see the yolk sac and the arm and leg buds moving. With my previous 2 pregnancies, I needed an internal u/s and I couldn't recognize anything. But that was 13 and 8 years ago.
My mw found the hb with a doppler before nine weeks (about 8w6d) but it sounds like that is definitely the exception and not the rule. I was really surprised she even offered to try and find it, although she did say there was a very good chance we wouldn't be able to hear it. FWIW, I don't have much abdomenal fat, and that seems to help.
So I rented an at home Doppler and it came today. I spent 10 min looking and no luck. I am 10w4d today and now freaked out. I know logically I might just not be able to hear it yet but REALLY wanted that reassurance. Going to try and make myself wait another week before trying again. Man I hate this part....
Aww- that's why I'm wary about home dopplers- Early on- they can either reassure you or make you crazy! Not hearing a HB can either mean something or nothing- and there's no way to tell which!
That being said- I did have a listen with a borrowed one at 10 weeks, and i could hear the placenta- and i did get little glimpses of the HB, but only for a few seconds, then i would loose it and not be able find it again for a long time. I really had to go into it psyching myself up that i wouldn't hear it- and that would be ok. with my 2 early losses and just stopping my progesterone, i just needed to have a peek. It will be so nice when i can feel the baby move and i can stop worrying about it!