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I have my first mw appt at 10wks. Will she be able to hear the heartbeat by then? I seem to remember that 10wks was about when they can start hearing it, but it's been a few years and I'm not sure.

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Possibly, depending on a few things. It depends on the strength of the doppler and the placement of your uterus. In other words, it's great if you hear it, but try not to worry too much if you don't.

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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????

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I went in at 9 weeks and they couldn't hear it...doctor said that 10 weeks is the time when they can start hearing the heart beat. But as PP said, it varies with certain conditions. GL!

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I just had my first appointment, I was 10 weeks and 1 day and we heard it!
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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.

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With DD1 we couldn't hear it until I was 15 weeks, and I was underweight. I did a quick listen and heard DD2 at 14 weeks, I didn't bother trying sooner.

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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.

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I thought it was 12 weeks. But I seem to be thinking everything is 12 weeks lately. You'd think after 3 pg's I'd know these things

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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

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I just had my appt. this week and was 9w5d. My mw had me lay down flat and after searching for a few minutes she found the heartbeat Hope you can hear yours at your 10w appt.!!!
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