(Closed) Pregnant/Momma Bees: When did you first hear heartbeat?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1483 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had an ultrasound at 9 weeks, and the tech told me what the heart rate was (about 180) but I didn’t actually hear it myself. That was a little disappointing but at least I knew it was there. Then I went in at 12 weeks and the doctor tried to listen to it with the doppler but she couldn’t find it, so I was sent back to the U/S room where the tech identified it, but I still didn’t get to hear it myself. I think I was around 16 weeks before the doppler would work.

Post # 4
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

7weeks and 4 days. they had to do the transvaginal ultrasound because when they tried to do it abdominally there was too much gas in the way, I could just see blury shawows, so she got out the wand and did it vaginally and I saw and heard the baby and heartbeat as clear as day, I was surprised how strong and fast the heartbeat was.  Nothing beats the feeling. If the place you are going has the vaginal wand you should be able to hear the heartbeat as early as 5 weeks

Post # 5
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We didn’t hear the heartbeat until the nuchal scan at 11 weeks but we saw it at 7 weeks.

Post # 6
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

had my first transvaginal ultrasound at 9 weeks, heard the heartbeat then ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I heard the heartbeat with a transvaginal ultrasound at 7 weeks. 

Post # 8
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Had an u/s at 7w6d and heard and saw the heartbeat!

Post # 9
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Found out what the HB was at a u/s at 6 weeks but didn’t hear it til doctor’s appointment using the doppler at 10 weeks. My doctor said “Sometimes we can hear it at 10 weeks and sometimes we can’t, so don’t be worried if we can’t…” but luckily, we did! Good luck! 

Post # 10
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We heard and saw it at 7 weeks. Or 6 weeks and 5 days. (They keep going back and forth on how far I am along between two days.

This was via ultrasound- the one on the belly, not internal. I was totally impressed they could do it that early.


Post # 11
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I heard it at 11 weeks at my first ob apt.  He used the dophler and I teared up, when told then Fiance I most definately teared up. He got to hear it at about 20 weeks. 

Post # 12
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was 6w6d when we heard and saw it for the first time.  Then I heard it again at 12w1d for my NT scan.

I seem to me in the minority here, because while hearing the heartbeat was cool, seeing the baby move on the ultrasound was way cooler.  That’s the part that really, really made it real.

Post # 13
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We saw it at 6 weeks, and again at 8.  But we have not heard it yet.

Post # 14
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

As an ultrasonographer, I can tell you it generally depends on the tech.  There are 2 ways to get a heart rate on ultrasound, one is an “m-mode” which just detects the motion (ie- the “flicker” of the HB) and one which is the “PW” or pulsed wave- which is the sound.  I was taught that in the 1st trimester, you always use the M-mode; PW can generate too much heat for the tiny baby.  So, I made sure when I went for my scan, they used the m-mode- just to err on the side of caution.

Some techs were taught one way, some another.  Many of the older techs are “self taught” and don’t really know much of the physics behind the machine, unlike those of us that have an actual degree in the field of sonography.  

Also, we doppler the ovaries which produces a similar sound, but should not be mistaken for the fetal heart rate.

Post # 16
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were able to hear it at 8 weeks, during the dating ultrasound.  And again at 10 weeks with the doctor using the lil monitor that they have.  The doctor said it might not be detectable that early using that method, it commonly takes longer but we heard it right away. 

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