So, what would you do? Try the doppler in hopes of hearing the heartbeat, or just forgo even trying, knowing that 10 weeks is still early to be able to hear the heartbeat with a doppler?
So I don't know what I would do in your shoes... it's a hard decision. It was so nice to hear the HB at the time but then again, not being able to find it would have made me really worried. Good Luck
Nic, loving mama to 5 with a SURPRISE 6th on the way.
I was only 8.5 weeks when I heard it on my home doppler. (angelsounds one.) I even had an anterior placenta. But in all fairness I think it was low down, the baby measured 9 weeks at that point, and I'm quite thin.
I would definately try but don't worry if you hear nothing!
This time, I just don't have that anxiety for some reason, so I had them try. My paralell care provider found it after a little hunting around--I was close to eleven weeks. My homebirth midwife had some trouble (she has a water proof doppler only, which is not as sensitive), but she found it faintly for a few seconds--I was close to twelve weeks for that one. So, it is possible to hear, but can be quite tricky.
This first trimester uncertainty is hard to get through. But I just keep coming back to "it's out of my control."
Good luck with whatever you choose
Also, I'm a fluffy woman.
Maybe I just got lucky? but with both my MW's never had an issue finding a heartbeat.
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
If you are ok with not finding it, sure go ahead and try! If you think it will make you more nervous, don't.
Catie - Happy wife to Aaron (01.05), mama to Liam(08.08), and Ian (11.10)! and due Feb 2013 with blessing #3!
I've always heard mine at 10 wks, but I'm slim and always lose 10 pounds by that time due to severe MS.
Good luck, I'm sure your history of loss doesn't make this decision easy.
So, If I were you I would try....but don't get too worried if they don't find it.
Of course, if she finds that my uterus is positioned where she thinks she can find it, I probably won't deny her a chance. I just won't be worried if she doesn't find anything.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
I had a mw appt today at just about 13 weeks, my mw tried with two dopplers with no luck before she asked if we could peek with an us... It was fine
with me because I'm not much opposed to us. Well she *still* couldn't find even the fetus! She had to call an ob in, and once she did the scan, she immediately found the baby and strong hb. Kind of nerve racking!
Thanks everyone for all your input!
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