Post # 1
so I had my first midwife appointment today, and I’m 9w6d. She tried using the Doppler, and couldn’t find the heartbeat, which I was 100% prepared for because I know I’m still early (and she warned me too). but then she brought out an ultrasound machine to try that way. My last pregnancy with her she hadn’t had one at her office so I was kind of surprised but excited.
But even with an abdominal ultrasound she still couldn’t see the heartbeat, even after sending me to pee and walk around a bit. She told me her machine isn’t as sensitive and clear as the ones at the OBs office so she wasn’t worried and wasn’t giving up, although she’s usually able to find it at this point. We decided to draw blood for Hcg today and I’ll come back for another blood draw on Wednesday and to try again with the ultrasound. She said she could also refer me to get a transvaginal one as well but since it’s an extra $150 I wanted her to try again first.
Has anyone had this happen? Google is NOT my friend. Wow. I went home kind of worried but after googling I feel like it’s all over. When did you see baby’s heart beat with an abdominal ultrasound? Or hear it with a Doppler?
Post # 2
I was told that at that stage it’s hard to get the heartbeat unless you have a vaginal ultrasound. I’d go for the transvaginal if it’s an option since you are worried.
Post # 3
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I’m not sure if this helps or not but I was about 9 weeks and 3 days when I went for my first appointment. They were able to do an abdominal ultrasound and get the heart rate.
Post # 4
You might just be too early. This has happened to me before but I don’t remember how far along I was. Sending prayers.
Post # 5
Goodness, I know how nerve racking this must be! I think you’re just a bit too early, though, Bee. My best friend had this happen not a month ago. Since her blood draws were good at 9 weeks, they waited a bit, and the heartbeat showed up at her next appointment. I think about two weeks later, but those two weeks felt like an eternity to her. Hang in there!
Post # 6
I had my first appointment at 9+? something… the NP warned me it’s not typical to be able to find a heartbeat on abdominal ultrasound or doppler at that stage. She was able to after a few minutes, but that doesn’t mean there’s necessarily a problem that your midwife couldn’t.
Transvaginal ultrasound is probably a better bet; if you’re really stressed about it I would go for that despite the extra cost.
Post # 7
It should still be vaginal at this point! My doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat abdominaly at 17 weeks once… I wasn’t worried, I could feel my bean moving around by then.
Post # 8
I don’t think most OBs will do dopplar for heart beat until you’re around 12 weeks- it’s just too faint to pick up. I’ve had Abdominal USs with all three of my kids around the 9/10 week mark and they were just able to snag it with 2/3. So perhaps you’re a little earlier thank your calculations. With our first, they had trouble finding it and went to a TVUS and picked it up right away- we were earlier than we thought and the abdominal just wasn’t sensitive enough. Good luck!
Post # 9
Did she measure the baby and confirm you are 9w6d? Are you overweight? At that gestational age and if you are of an average size a heartbeat should definitely be doable transabdominally. That being said she’s very likely not a trained ultrasound technologist so it’s hard to say. If you still can’t get a heartbeat Wednesday I’d pay for the TV ultrasound with a trained technologist. There’s a reason we spend years in school to learn this, it isn’t just point and click.
Also for transabdominal ultrasound less than 10 weeks you almost always want a full bladder. So show up Wednesday full and you can empty after they try that way.
Post # 10
threecrazycats: she didn’t measure the baby but she said it looked about the right size for 10 weeks. I’m not overweight and I did have a pretty full bladder, and I know my ovulation date exactly so I know I didn’t conceive later than I thought. She worked in L&D as a nurse for 13 years but I’m not sure how much ultrasound experience she has, since I know that requires specific training. Her and her assistant both thought they saw it when she put it on me right away but we were never able to make it show up again.
Im also worried because the baby didn’t move around like I expected a 10w fetus to do. I’ve seen those ultrasounds before and they’re always jumping around. So now I’m so worried :/ ill probably do the vaginal referral if we don’t find anything on Wednesday or my blood draw isn’t conclusive
Post # 11
Sorry you’re going through this stress. The waiting in early pregnancy is awful. The early pregnancy unit I’ve attended will not even attempt an abdominal scan if you’re less than 10 weeks and if you are just over 10 weeks they warn you they may have to switch to a vaginal one as it’s sometimes still difficult to see everything. Fingers crossed you get to see it on Wednesday.
Post # 12
It’s still pretty early for an abdominal. When I went for my appointment at 10 weeks 2 days, they started with a transvaginal ultrasound and then switched to an abdominal because his heartbeat was so strong. They wouldn’t start with an abdominal though. I hope everything goes well with you. I would do the transvaginal ultrasound.
Post # 13
That’s early for an abdominal. Was she just really excited to try out her new machine? Either way I think it’s irresponsible of her. Transvaginal is recommended at your stage and she is causing you unnecessary stress.
Post # 14
So we tried the Doppler and abdominal again and still couldn’t find it. 🙁
She called two places for a transvaginal but no one has openings for today. The bloodwork will come back tomorrow, so I should know soon. She said it my Hcg was 57,078, which seemed good for 9w6d I think. we both thought we could see the baby easier today (Aka growing?), and we both thought we heard the heartbeat for a second, down low on my right side. But idk. She asked if I have a feeling or anything, and yesterday I would have said I didn’t feel any different, but after today I just feel doom
Post # 15
Sending hugs and positive thoughts, Bee. Treat yourself well while you wait for more information.