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Old 01-12-2002, 04:59 PM   #1
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How soon can the heart beat be heard at check ups?

I was just wondering how soon the heart beat can be heard at your prenatal vistits. How many weeks along were you before you heard your baby on your check ups?

 
Old 01-14-2002, 08:55 PM   #2
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Re: How soon can the heart beat be heard at check ups?

between 8 and 12 weeks. each women varies. my friend heard the heartbeat at 8 weeks, i can't until 8-10 week. hope this helped.

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Old 01-15-2002, 09:41 AM   #3
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Re: How soon can the heart beat be heard at check ups?

My midwife said they have never heard a heartbeat before 8 weeks. My last pregnancy we heard it at about 8. I'm going in for my first appt on Thursday and I will be about 7 1/2 weeks (I am pretty sure). I am hoping I can beat the odds, but it's doubtful. I am hoping they will order an ultrasound anyhow because last pregnancy ended in miscarriage after we heard the heartbeat-fetus was 9 weeks. Once you hear the heartbeat the odds of miscarriage drops to 2 %. Anyway, good luck.

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Old 01-15-2002, 06:57 PM   #4
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Re: How soon can the heart beat be heard at check ups?

I heard my sons' heartbeat @ 8 weeks as well. I also had an ultrsound at the same time because twins run in my family! I saw and heard my son 2 months after he was conceived, and even though I was young, It was the most beautiful and unforgetable experience that I ever had!
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Old 01-15-2002, 08:53 PM   #5
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Re: How soon can the heart beat be heard at check ups?

Thanks for the replys! I was actually looking towards the second appointment. I don't want my hubby to come to the first because I know what this appt. will consist of, I don't think he'd like it either. I was just hoping that for the 2nd appt. that he'd be able to hear the heart beat. At that time I should be about 11 weeks, but I was wondering if it could be heard then or if I should just tell him to come to the 3rd appt. But now that I have heard some answers, I'll invite him to the second appointment.

Are you gals having/did you have your hubby (significant other) to your first appointment? I think it will be much like just having them there for a regular pelvic exam - no fun. I am due for my annual so I already know they are going to feel me all over, its already uncomfortable enough, and I don't want to make this too difficult for my hubby.

 
Old 01-15-2002, 09:06 PM   #6
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my husband came to the 1st appt. the chair for him was by the head of the exam table, so it was fine. my doc always put an extra cloth over me so it is real modest. nothing gross. hopd this helped

 
Old 01-17-2002, 04:10 AM   #7
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I did not have my husband come in for my first exam, but every visit after he came. Next week starts my internal exams and he is not coming in. I was talking to my dr about it and he said ....would I want to be there if he had a rectal exam?? NO WAY would I.
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Old 01-23-2002, 08:13 PM   #8
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Re: How soon can the heart beat be heard at check ups?

Thanks for the replies! I definately think you're right, I wouldn't want to watch my husband get a rectal exam, or any kind of exam down there. A check-up is different. I am worried about the actual giving birth thing too. My hubby has always said that he'd rather be in the hallway. I know I will need him there, as I have no family here and I don't want to do it alone. I went to my first exam and my hubby didn't come. I asked about hearing the heart beat at the next visit, the doctor wasn't sure if we'd be able to hear it, I will be only 10 weeks at the next visit. I even tried postponing the appointment, the doctor didn't like my suggestion, go figure.

Anyways, thanks again.

 
Old 01-23-2002, 09:29 PM   #9
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Some things that determine whether you can hear the heartbeat early are maternal fat, the position of your uterus (whether it leans forwards or backwards-obviously forwards is better for hearing early). As for the birth situation with your husband, my husband was in the room with me, but he stayed at my head. He didn't see anything that I couldn't see really. And when they offered to let me see the crowning moment in the mirror, I declined. It's a beautiful moment, the birth of your child, but I don't know if it's a must see. Everyone has different opinions on it. One of my friends had her whole family in the room with her and they saw everything, and videotaped it!! I can't believe that, but it's true. And that included her two brothers! '
So do what is comfortable for you and your husband. Don't let other's opinions get in the way of what you want. You have plenty of time to discuss it with him, and by the time your baby is ready to be born, he just might want to be there. And he will see how much it means to you that he be there. It is a once in a lifetime experience. Good luck with hearing the heartbeat. I go in for my second appt. on Feb 7th, and by then the baby will be about 10 plus weeks, so I'm assuming I will hear the heartbeat. Unfortunately I have to do the exam on this appt. too because we skipped it last time. We wanted to make sure the pregnancy was viable before doing anything, and we found out through ultrasound that the preg was viable! There was the little heart beating away! I was almost 8 weeks. Anyway, good luck.

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Old 01-24-2002, 09:54 AM   #10
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My hubby went to my first exam with both of our pregnancies. He went to every appointment he could(with our second he was tdy some so missed a few). He was there for both deliveries and says he would never change a thing about it. I had our first vaginally and our second by c-section. And yes he was there to see me through it all and today he tells male friends who werent there that they have missed some of the most awesome things in this world.
I honestly couldnt imagine not having him there throughout the entire pregnancy. I mean heck he did help get me in that state. We sharedin getting pregnant so we shared in the whole experience of him being at my appointments. My hubby also use to go with me to my yearly paps...that is until our kids got too old to tag along. I went with my hubby when he had to go to a urologist during our years of ttc.
My brother has been going to all of his wife's appointments and will be there for her delivery. He said he wouldnt miss any of it if he could help it.

 
Old 01-24-2002, 04:58 PM   #11
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It's wonderful if you happen to be married to a man who wnnts to share in the whole experience, from appointment to birth. But many women are not married to men like that and are still perfectly happy. And it doesn't necessarily mean that the men who can't participate don't want to. Some men are very faint of heart if you know what I mean, but it doesn't mean they can't be a good husband and father. And sometimes men really need to be told exactly what to do. You need to be completely honest with your husband, if you haven't already, and let him know how much you need him there. And have him talk to male friends or whoever who have been in that situation. Maybe a male's perspective will help. And remember, there's plenty of time to talk to him about it. There are also other alternatives, like having your best friend in the room which I've heard can be wonderful. I'm sure with enough information, love, and explanation, your husband will come around.

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Old 01-24-2002, 09:25 PM   #12
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Molly, it is funny you mention faint of heart. My hubby cant stand the sight of blood. He really does turn green and almost passes out from the sight of it. To me it is the funniest thing becuase we have two boys that are very active and have shed blood quite a few times. I am the one who has to come running to take care of the boo-boos. Hubby just cant do it.
But during the delivery of our two kids he was there and for some reason had no problems. I asked him about the first time and he said he was just so in awe of seeing his son come onto the world. With our second it was c-section so there was quite a bit more blood and he was still fine. Granted he didnt watch as closely.
Another guy at my hubby's work totally blows my mind. He talked for weeks about the delivery of his son. He is not big on blood either but he said it was such a wonderful thing to go through with his wife that he wouldnt trade it for anything in the world.

I do agree some guys cant handle it and it doesnt effect them as fathers.

 
Old 01-26-2002, 09:43 AM   #13
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My husband gets sqweemish just watching E.R. and they really don't show a whole lot, plus it's fake. He knows I expect him in there, I just worry how he'll take it. He may have to be caught just before he hits the floor. He won't be much help then.

 
Old 02-23-2002, 09:16 AM   #14
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Well I had my appointment yesterday, 10 1/2 weeks. Dh came too. But the doctor started off by telling me we had a 50-50 chance of hearing to heart beat in the 10th week. We didn't hear a heartbeat. So he said, at 11 weeks we have a 75 % chance of hearing the heart beat, and at 12 weeks a 100% chance of hearing the heart beat. (this is on the doppler) I asked about an ultrasound, it sounds as if he doesn't do them much <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> He said if we didn't hear a heart beat at 12 weeks we'll do an ultrasound.

So my question, if we do then does that mean we still won't get an ultrasound? Oh well I guess if we hear a heart beat then we all know it's a baby.

 
Old 02-23-2002, 09:45 AM   #15
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Usually they will do one ultrasound to determine dates. Some insurance covers more than one, it just depends. And it also depends on what your doctor says he wants you to do. I would think he would want you to have at least one done to determine dates. I'm actually surprised he didn't do one after you didn't hear the heartbeat at your appointment. I don't think I will be able to have another one unless I pay out of pocket because we already had one at about 8 weeks. I was all set to find out the sex this time too. I haven't talked to my midwife about another ultrasound yet, but if she says no because my insurance will only cover one (of course unless something is wrong), then I will cough up the money and have it done. It is such an exciting thing to see your baby in utero, whether or not you find out the sex. I'm sure if you tell your doctor how you feel, and that you would like one done, he would schedule one for you. Then again, I don't know your doctor. All I can say is I think it's very routine now to have at least one ultrasound done during pregnancy. Good luck, hope all goes well.

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