or Connect
Mothering › Groups › May 2012 Birth Club › Discussions › Trouble finding the heartbeat

Trouble finding the heartbeat

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I don't know if anyone will read this before I go in for my u/s in an hour and a half but I was just at my regular pre-natal check up and it took two different drs nearly 20 minutes total to find the heartbeat. I am 19 weeks and 2 days today. They did finally find it and DH and I and the two dr all let out a HUGE collective sigh of relief. The mood was so intense in the room and my poor kids were wondering what was going on.

 

I am SO NERVOUS about the u/s this afternoon. I know that I shouldn't be too worried because they did indeed find the heartbeat but they had to push so hard that I was seeing stars and I have never experienced this in my previous pregnancies. This went from being an exciting day (gender reveal) to being an upsetting day.

 

Please pray for the baby and pray that I am calm.

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 14

All you can do before the ultrasound is practice deep breathing, drink lots of water, eat some healthy food, and pray. I'll be thinking of you and can't wait to hear that you breathed a huge sigh of relief at your ultrasound appt too.

post #3 of 14

Sending good thoughts your way! Maybe your placenta is attached at the front? I heard that makes it more difficult to find a heartbeat. Hopefully the ultrasound will set your mind at ease. Good luck!

 

joy.gif

post #4 of 14
Prayers going out!!! Hopefully everyone's okay!!
post #5 of 14

Just sending positive thoughts your way!

post #6 of 14

You found the heartbeat!  Just because your little baby was hiding from the doppler, please don't let it ruin your day!  It was a scare, but turned out ok, so enjoy your ultrasound!!

post #7 of 14

Linnie - Wow! :( Babies do hide from the doppler, so please don't let this ruin your day. Big hugs. Have an enjoyable u/s...Everyone gave such good advice..

post #8 of 14

I freaked out around 12-13 weeks when midwife couldn't find the hb with the doppler. Turns out I have an anterior placenta, which can make it tricky to find the hb even when you're farther along. Ask them at your ultrasound what the position of the placenta is.

 

Like everyone else said, try to relax and have a fun ultrasound experience!

 

post #9 of 14

In addition to placenta position, I think there's also a difference in equipment. At my OB's office, she's been able to find the heartbeat within a few seconds, whereas at my midwife's office they had to hunt for a while. I've also heard that it's easier to pick up through the baby's back, so if your baby is facing forward it will be more difficult to hear. 

 

Enjoy your ultrasound!

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

THANK YOU LADIES!!! We are home now and we have the wonderful news that everything appears to be ok. Here, they don't tell you "anything" until a Radiologist looks at it but from what I saw on the screen, the baby looked amazing. The tech said that she thinks that they were having trouble because the baby is crazy active. She said that she had to chase it with the wand to try to get it to stay still- she said that would make it very difficult to get a heartbeat.

 

I am so sorry that I was freaking out- it was a very emotional morning. It was heightened because I wasn't feeling a lot of movement the last couple of days.

 

I will disclose the gender on that official thread!

 

HUGS TO ALL YOU LADIES!!

post #11 of 14

Congrats on your healthy baby Linnie!  I can relate to being really emotional during pregnancy, at my last OB apt they couldn't find the hb over the doppler and I almost had a mini breakdown just waiting the 5 minutes to be moved to the u/s room! Sometimes even the tiniest things can set me into a frenzy of worry,  of course you want to make sure everything is ok, I'm so glad it went well!

post #12 of 14


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by LinnieThree View Post

THANK YOU LADIES!!! We are home now and we have the wonderful news that everything appears to be ok. Here, they don't tell you "anything" until a Radiologist looks at it but from what I saw on the screen, the baby looked amazing. The tech said that she thinks that they were having trouble because the baby is crazy active. She said that she had to chase it with the wand to try to get it to stay still- she said that would make it very difficult to get a heartbeat.

 

I am so sorry that I was freaking out- it was a very emotional morning. It was heightened because I wasn't feeling a lot of movement the last couple of days.

 

I will disclose the gender on that official thread!

 

HUGS TO ALL YOU LADIES!!


Sounds like we had very similar mornings. *hugs* I'm so glad we both got great news!!!!

 

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 


We so did!!! HUGS to you too and our baby boys :)
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by JynxGirl View Post


 


Sounds like we had very similar mornings. *hugs* I'm so glad we both got great news!!!!

 



 

post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by LinnieThree View Post

THANK YOU LADIES!!! We are home now and we have the wonderful news that everything appears to be ok. Here, they don't tell you "anything" until a Radiologist looks at it but from what I saw on the screen, the baby looked amazing. The tech said that she thinks that they were having trouble because the baby is crazy active. She said that she had to chase it with the wand to try to get it to stay still- she said that would make it very difficult to get a heartbeat.

 

I am so sorry that I was freaking out- it was a very emotional morning. It was heightened because I wasn't feeling a lot of movement the last couple of days.

 

I will disclose the gender on that official thread!

 

HUGS TO ALL YOU LADIES!!

 

hug.gif Hugs! Soooo glad it was good news!

 

I really sympathize. With my first the midwife could NEVER find the heartbeat with the doppler until I was in my 3rd trimester. I had an anterior placenta, and also couldn't feel him move until after 24 weeks. It was so nerve wracking! That has never been a problem this time around, but I'll never forget those tense moments.
 

 

  Return Home
  Back to Forum: May 2012 Birth Club
Mothering › Groups › May 2012 Birth Club › Discussions › Trouble finding the heartbeat