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I'm not planning an early US but next week I have a medical checkup with my MW and they have a doppler in the office. It would be reassuring to hear the heartbeat after the spotting I had a couple of weeks ago, but I'm worried that we won't be able to hear it (and not know if it's due to an issue or just cause it's early). I'll be about 10 weeks along right on at the appointment. It's our first kiddo in case that makes a difference.

So when were you able to hear the heartbeat via doppler?
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I heard it at 10w3d, my midwife said she was surprised at how easily she found it then. Hoping you can hear it if you choose to!
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I heard it at home with a doppler mid and late in the 8th weeks with my dd and this one. I didn't get a doppler with my son until I was around 15-16 weeks.

My MW was not able to find the HB until a couple weeks after I did. I have to attribute finding them so early to having a lot of motivation and time to do it. It's not like I'm super skinny Since CPs only do it for a few minutes, it's less likely they will find it, so if they don't, try not to stress too much! You can always rent one and try yourself! It's been a huge blessing to spend 10 seconds making sure everything is ok before I go to bed.

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I heard it at home with a doppler mid and late in the 8th weeks with my dd and this one. I didn't get a doppler with my son until I was around 15-16 weeks.

My MW was not able to find the HB until a couple weeks after I did. I have to attribute finding them so early to having a lot of motivation and time to do it. It's not like I'm super skinny Since CPs only do it for a few minutes, it's less likely they will find it, so if they don't, try not to stress too much! You can always rent one and try yourself! It's been a huge blessing to spend 10 seconds making sure everything is ok before I go to bed.
I rented one with my last pregnancy and now with this one and agree that its nice to have for some peace of mind. I'm pretty sure I heard it somewhere between 9 and 10 weeks, but as above stated it took a lot of searching and there were times after that I couldn't hear it and then would find it the next day, etc.

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My midwife didn,t find it at our first appt when iwas 10wks pg. I'm hoping to hear it in 2 wks, I will be 14wks then.

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This pg was 9 weeks to the day. I'm on the thinner side.

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i heard it at my 12wk appt

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I am 10 wks today and heard it this morning! I have gotten them at nine weeks in previous pregnancies. I think that if you're on the thinner side, you have a better chance of hearing one early on. I am pretty average and have had good luck.

Good luck to you!
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With my first it was 9 weeks and it was at 10 weeks with the other two.

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When I was pregnant with my DD, my midwife caught it for a few seconds at 9w 5d. This time around at my appointment yesterday, she didn't find it at 10w 3d. She did find the "whoosh" of the growing uterus, though.

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1st pregnancy MW found it instantly at 10wks. MW was totally surprised.

2nd pregnancy no dopplers.

3rd pregnancy, MW found it at 12wks. Said we should be able to, but might not and that would still be okay. Found it instantly.

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16 weeks, with every. single. child. Always freaks my OB out, and he sends me for an ultrasound at 14 weeks. I'm a normal weight, not skinny, not heavy. Perhaps I just have sneaky kids. My MW didn't even try to find the heartbeat at my appointment (I was 9 weeks) after I told her of my history.

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10 weeks with my first. Haven't had a chance to try with this pregnancy yet.

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Thanks for the feedback ladies. I'm still waffling about whether we should try it or not, DH said he doesn't really care as he's not a worrier so it won't bother him if we don't hear it. I'm leaning towards yes, but I'll probably ponder it more over the weekend and see how I feel on Wednesday.
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Heard mine this week at 9 weeks, 3 days. She kept assuring us that if we heard nothing, it was nothing to worry about and that this was all "just for fun". When she did find it, she was fairly surprised/excited (ok, so she even cried), so I have a feeling that even though this woman is very experienced (head of the midwife department, has been to over 2,000 deliveries, etc.) that it is still difficult to find one so early on.

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My Dr found mine today, I am 10 weeks + 1 day.

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My DD, I don't remember. This time around, my nurse couldn't find it at almost 12 weeks (I think I was 11 weeks 5 days). She just rolled in an ultrasound and baby was fine.

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MW's asst found it at 10W5D. That was the first time they tried.
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MW found it yesterday at 11w5d. It took awhile, and I'm not thin at all, but it was SO reassuring!
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We heard it with doppler today, he had to pressed down a great deal after the 1st attempt of nothing, so the person has to really know what they're doing. I'm 11 wks today.

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With DS, I went in for bleeding at 10w1d, and did NOT hear the heartbeat. We knew that going in, so we weren't worried. Three days later, at my first regular appt, we DID hear it. From my reading, you may or may not.

I actually intentionally made my first appt for 11 weeks so that I could be more likely to hear the heartbeat, since we also did not get an early u/s.

And I'm a bit squishier this time, so I'm wondering if that extra insulation might make it hard to hear it. We'll see.

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I heard it today (!) at 12w. Very exciting!

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This is our first babe that we couldn't hear it at 10wks. It really stressed me! I'm the same size I was with the others and my mw tried for a while, then came back the next week to try with no results again. With a little spotting, we opted for an early u/s. Baby's beat was hearty and strong and s/he was in there swimming away. BIG relief and instantly lowered stress hormones- I'm not a fan of unnecessary early u/s but in this case I'm so glad we did.

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Well ladies, we just got back from our appointment and we have a heartbeat! I'm so excited.
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That's great Ola!

Had my first apt yesterday at 11wks 3days and could not hear hb. She offered to see me next week, but since she wasn't concerned about it I opted to just wait until my next apt. She did mention that the OB dopplers are different than the one she has. She does hb/wb, and the doppler that fits her needs is not as good at getting that early heartbeat as the standard office one.

I figure what will be will be, so no use worring right?

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We heard it with a 2nd child at 10 wks, 2 days. She actually used this as one of the factors for bumping my due date up 6 days. She said it would have been very improbable to hear it at 9 wks, 4 days. (Also, early u/s plus conception date plus short cycles...)
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DDCC (sort of... I'm kinda figuring these babes are coming in March, so perhaps I owe all you fab mamas a proper greeting )

On a whim, I pulled out my Doppler tonight. Within seconds, I found one little glorious heartbeat!! I'm shocked. Based on my u/s measurements, one of my babes is 7w5d and the other 8w0d.
I'm nervous as I realize I've now entered a situation where the Doppler does not equal immediate calm... I'm having two and I only found one HB... this early, honestly, how would I be able to tell the difference- right?!?!
must not stress.

so happy for those who've heard the hbs and fx for all you waiting.

FWIW, last pg, I found DD's hb 8w6d after much searching.

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babygrey,

Finding a heart beat in week 8 is rare. Most wont find until at least 9 weeks with 10-12 weeks being the average according to my midwife.
I would think that everything is just fine. At this point the babies and h/b are soo teeny tiny and it's really amazing that you were able to find the one!

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