(Closed) Likelihood of seeing and/or hearing the heartbeat

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

With my daughter, they saw (and heard) her heartbeat at 6w6d through vaginal ultrasound.

They did stress that this was very unusual and a lucky break for us.

So, there’s hope, but if they can’t, that’s too early to worry.  If you don’t want an ultrasound with a chance of not seeing/hearing, I might talk to them about rescheduling.

Post # 4
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you are that far along, you *should* be able to see the heartbeat. But since you are a little unclear on dates, I wouldn’t panic if you don’t. I would encourage you to check with your insurance before you get your first ultrasound, because with my oldest child, I got one dating ultrasound early on (my cycles were off too) but I was unable to get another ultrasound the rest of my pregnancy because my insurance only covered one. With my daughter, I had placenta previa, so my insurance covered multiple ultrasounds no problem, because it was deemed medically necessary.

Good luck and congratulations!

Post # 5
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, via ultrasound, the heartbeat should be visible and audible.  You can always call back and talk to a nurse about bumping your appointment a few days, too.

Post # 6
231 posts
Helper bee

I was 7w5d for my first ultrasound, and we were able to see the heartbeat with the trans-vaginal ultrasound. His/her heartbeat was 148 bpm at that far along. You should be fine! Good luck, and happy & healthy 9 months!

Post # 8
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I saw my baby’s heartbeat at 7 weeks and heard it at 13 weeks.

Post # 9
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We were able to see the heartbeat at 7 weeks and a few days, but weren’t able to hear it until my NT scan at 12 weeks and a few days. I had a really wacky cycle (O’d CD108), so they brought me in between 7-8 weeks (based on my charts) to do a dating scan.

I had an appointment at 10 weeks but baby refused to be heard on the doppler during that appointment.

Post # 10
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Did they tell you that you will actually see a doctor and have an u/s or doppler that day?

My first OB appointment was paperwork and talking to a nurse. There was no meeting with the OB, exam, or u/s, just a pee test.

Then a week later, I met the OB, but he wouldn’t do an u/s until the genetic screening test about a month later. Many OBs don’t do medically unnecessary ultrasounds since there may be a risk to the fetus from the u/s and should be kept to a minimum just in case. My OB also did not have a doppler (thouhg I moved and my current one does). Also, make sure your insurance will cover more than 1 or 2 ultrasounds. If they won’t you should save them for genetic screening and the anatomy scan.

Post # 11
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I saw the heartbeat with a transvag ultrasound at 6 weeks, 4 days. 

Post # 12
19 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I had a very clear vaginal ultrasound at roughly 4weeks.  The image was so clear that we originally thought I was further along than what we thought, but we definitely weren’t.  This was 11 years ago when I had a very bad bladder infection and had to go to the hospital.  They did a vaginal ultrasound and my bladder was very full (essential for clear pic).  I’m sure  the technology has greater improved so I think you’ll be fine. :). 

Post # 13
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I saw the heartbeat at my first appt (7w1d) but didn’t get to hear it until the 12 week one. The lady doing my first scan said that they COULD vaginally hear it, but as bub was only 1cm long at the time, they prefer not to blast it with the waves. Fair enough!

Post # 14
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@TheNewlyMrsD:  Our first appointment was at 7w4d and we had a t/v u/s. We got to see (but not hear) the heart beat. Congrats!

Post # 15
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@TheNewlyMrsD:  I think as long as you are at least 7 weeks, you should definitely be able to see a hb on a transvaginal ultrasound. I went in for one at 6w4d due to pain/spotting and they warned me that it might be too early to see a heartbeat, but it was there, clear as day. I wasn’t able to hear it though. Congrats!  

Post # 16
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I saw and heard LOs heartbeat at 7 weeks.

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