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Old 01-02-2002, 03:49 PM   #1
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Heart beat question

I was wondering if any of you had this happen. I am now 13 weeks (My ultra sound put me 2 weeks ahead of where I thought I was), and I just saw my Dr today. She checked for the heart beat and could not find it on her little doppler device. She was not worried at all. She said she thinks the placenta is blocking the heart beat. I did hear the heart beat through an internal ultra sound a few weeks ago. Should I be worried if my Dr isn't? Anyone else have this happen?

 
Old 01-03-2002, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Heart beat question

a Second opinion doesn't hurt, also, when i was 11 weeks, we couldn't hear the HB with the doppler so they did an ultrasound to confirm, unfortunately at that time the doctor said she saw the heartbeat, but when we went the following week (week 12) there was no HB, infact it stopped at week 7. So, doctors make mistakes too. Like i said either have an ultrasound done or have a second opinion.

 
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Old 01-03-2002, 02:41 PM   #3
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Re: Heart beat question

Hi you. I'd definitely get a second opinion, if possible. My doc picked up the heartbeat no problem at my 9 week appointment and I found it every time since then with my home doppler. Now also at 13 weeks when I use the doppler the heartbeat is very loud, very clear and always there. Not to scare you though - remember each pregnancy and each baby is different. I do know that they can hear the placenta (I hear it on my doppler - it sounds like wind), so maybe the doc picked that up and found it in the way in front of the baby. The doctors usually know best, so I wouldn't worry, but if you can get a second opinion to ease your mind that'd probably be good. If you can't easily get a referral to another doc you can go to a Planned Parenthood type place and they can do it there for around $50.
On a stranger side note, my little guy seems to really dislike the doppler for some reason and I have to literally chase him with it in order to get his heartbeat on the monitor. I put the doppler down and hear his whooshing movement immediately and then I have to follow the motion on the doppler as he hurriedly moves around my uterus away from the ultrasound waves until he either gives up (usually on the exact opposite side I placed the doppler on) or until I catch up with him. I know he does this little game, so I'm able to follow him and finally catch his heart after a bit, but if your baby does the same (as I've heard many fetuses do) the doctor may not have known that she had a marathon runner on her hands and been able to give "chase" and catch up with him/her. Just a different perspective. Sneaky babies before they're even born. I keep the doppler use to a minimum now because it's obvious he doesn't like it one bit.
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Andrea

 
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