I've heard it as early as 9 weeks. But that was at home with a rented doppler. My experience is that an OB or midwife wont spend much time trying to find it in the office. It's definitely taken me about 10 minutes of sloooow scanning to find it. Also, the sensitivity of the probe can make a difference too. The doppler I rent is more powerful than the doppler my midwives have.
Everything is probably just fine and I bet they'll be able to pick it up quickly at your next appointment.
We had our first appointment at 11 weeks and caught it for about half a second before it vanished. We had much better luck at our 15 week appointment.
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I was almost 11 weeks when they tried for the first time and they couldn't find it. It is very normal not to be able to hear it at 11-12 weeks. Some doctors/midwives wont even try until after 12 weeks.
ETA: DON'T WORRY! My HCP said that their dopplers don't always pick up the heartbeat this early and NOT TO WORRY.
With my first pregnancy, my midwife didn't even try with her doppler until 14 weeks.
I wouldn't have been worried if my mw hadn't been convinced she could find a hb by 12 weeks, but even my very experienced mw can be wrong!
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