Just curious! I am declining doppler and u/s, but guessing my MWs will be able to hear my babe's HB at the next appointment (almost 22 weeks). It feels like a mostly-moot point to me now that I am feeling plenty of daily movement.
I was just discussing this in a DDC-- what is the medical indication or other reason for listening to a heartbeat earlier in pregnancy?
I know during or close to labor, the actual measured heart rate and any variation can be valuable information that can change the course of action. But earlier on, what are they listening for, besides...
A) Whether or not it's there?
B) If there is more than one heartbeat?
Just curious! I am more than happy to allow a listen at any time with a fetoscope (or with a doppler/u/s if there was specific reason for concern), but just wondering what information, if any, it gives-- besides A+B, above. If there's nothing other than A+B, it occurs to me that it's just for fun and bonus reassurance (though still great to hear!) if the babe is already moving regularly and purposefully. After all, if the babe is moving, there's a heartbeat, no?