This makes me feel better. I rented one and have tried it a few times and haven't been able to hear it. I will be 9 weeks tomorrow though so I have to assume its just been too early. I have a doctor's appt on Monday when I'll be 9w2d and I know she is going to try and I know I am going to worry if she doesn't hear it. I have had two u/s's (one at 6w5d and one at 7w4d) and have saw and heard the heartbeat both times, but I think my doppler is causing me to stress (I know, I know that's why I should have waited). I have heard that you might be able to hear it until after 10 weeks maybe even closer to 12????
I didn't want to try at my first appointment this week (not quite 9 weeks). The midwife offered to check, but I know that the odds of hearing it are pretty slim. And trying and not hearing would be stressful, I think, even with that knowledge.
Generally by 10 weeks the odds of hearing a HB with a regular doppler are okay, getting much better by 12 weeks. Even at 12 weeks with a bit more fluff or a retroverted uterus it can be hard to find a HB.
I went in for my first appointment with my midwife at 9w6d and she didn't hear the heartbeat. I am fluffy so I wasn't all too surprised. She is going to check again in three weeks at my next appointment.
I wanted to 'try' to hear at my appointment at 8w, but I didn't think I would actually hear it. She told me 10w, is usually the earliest you hear it.
My next appointment isn't until I'm 12w, so I'm sure we will hear it then