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#1 of 4 Old 06-02-2008, 04:07 PM - Thread Starter
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I just had my first midwife appt, which was lovely. However, the one worry was that she couldn't find the hb- and she really tried for a while. This is particularly worrisome b/c I had spotting last weekend, was afraid of m/c and went to the ER. The ultrasound showed a live and kicking baby with HB but they didn't know how to count it with the machine (ER residents). I've had no spotting since and feel a lot better and no cramping - so it seems like things are okay. But this was worrisome. The midwife seemed upset for me but not actually worried - just wanting to give me that reassurance. She thought I might have a retroverted uterus as she had some trouble finding that as well. And I know in the ER they had a little trouble finding the baby with the vaginal u/s and it was moving around a lot. So most likely I'm assuming everything's okay but I guess I wanted to check in here and see what you all said. How common is it to not be able to find the heartbeat at this stage. I'm only 2 days short of 12 weeks.
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I always heard 13wks was the magic number.

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The other thread was mine, and we did find it just a few days later (still took a long time). And FWIW, I just had my first actual visit at 14 weeks and she couldn't find the heartbeat again (I only let her try for maybe 90 second this time as I already am uncomfortable with the amount of ultrasound this baby's had)--this baby just isn't very cooperative! I don't have any indications that anything's wrong this time, so hopefully it's just a baby who is very good at hiding.
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It sounds like all is well. I sometimes can't find a heartrate until after 13 weeks with my doppler, despite doing some searching at earlier dates. Maybe it's an anatomical reason, sometimes if there's a little extra "padding" in that area, or the placenta might be right in the anterior, blocking the heart rate until the baby gets higher. And the fact that you saw a great active baby - that's a wonderful sign. I would say -- RELAX and ENJOY!
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