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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