We had our 20 week appointment yesterday, and the midwife said there was an issue with the baby's heartbeat. When she first put the doppler on my belly, there was kind of a "stumble" in the heartbeat, like a skip and then an extra beat once or twice. She kept monitoring it, and it was well over a minute before the extra beat appeared again...in between, the heartbeat seemed strong and steady. At each of the last two appointments the heartbeat was totally normal...I read that heart defects generally occur during the first three months, so if there was something seriously wrong it probably would've been caught before now, right? The midwife is sending us to a high-risk maternal-fetal medicine clinic to have an ultrasound done (I'm waiting for the clinic to call back; I'm trying to get in by Friday but they may not have a space until next week). And of course after the appointment I'm sitting in the car crying, and my husband says "Now honey, you know stressing out about it isn't good for the baby either." Gee, thanks hon! To give him credit he realized immediately it was the wrong thing to say, but it just makes me feel even more like it's somehow my fault there's something wrong. I'm just really really scared and until I can get the ultrasound and find out for sure whether or not there's an issue, I guess I'm just looking for information/reassurance/any stories about something similar that other moms have experienced? This is my first pregnancy and I'm just terrified...I would give anything for this baby to just be healthy.