Post # 16
If you feel ok chances are you’re ok. If you feel like there’s something wrong, at most hospitals you can walk straight to maternity and they’ll admit you instead of waiting in emergency. Just don’t stress (because stressing while pregnant is not good). Relax and try to stay healthy and keep up with a good routine and chances are your baby will be just fine.
Post # 17
they will listen for the heartbeat at the next appt. Most doctors won’t even try to listen until 12 weeks because it can be difficult to find with the doppler before then. And uhh I don’t know any doctors that will just try and listen with a stethoscope and not a doppler…
Post # 18
Thanks for all of the support.
I am happy knowing my fears are understood and that everything is probably normal.
I went to Urgent Care tonight for a cold I have. I was worried it could be something worse.
While I was there, they used the doppler to calm my fears. Baby’s heart is beating at 160.
I feel much better!
Post # 19
All feelings normal. You will hear the heart beat at each appointment. Also, symptoms really hold no bearing on if everything is ok. I wanted to be sick so badly too because the 1st trimester was so easy. Then it hit me the 2nd trimester when everyone else was feeling awesome. Try not to focus on how much everything hurts and don’t compare your pregnancies to other people becuase every pregnancy is different and every woman experiences something different.
Post # 20
It depends on the doctor. I got quite a few but I know several of my friends who only got one or two the entire pregnancy. I heard the heartbeat every time we went to see the doctor, but that was her practice. What about just asking your doctor for a monthly heartbeat check?
Post # 21
This was one of my biggest fears… Like others have said, your doctor will likely start listening for a heartbeat with a doppler regularly around 12 weeks, hearing it before then is just luck and you might not find it everytime… That said, I did receive a doppler as a gift and I used it to find the baby starting at 10 weeks, as often as I needed to until I started feeling movement (around 15-16 weeks). Once you feel baby moving around you’ll feel a lot better.
Post # 22
They should start using the Doppler around 12 weeks at your appointments. There’s no way to know everything is ok and it’s normal to worry (to a point). Not that it will make you worry less, but at this point if something were to happen, whether you knew or not, there’s nothing that could be done. That kind of made me feel better. Just try to relax and enjoy this time. The worry -about your babies will never end until the day you die, so try to learn to manage it starting now! Congrats!
Post # 23
Are you not getting a 12 week scan to assess nuchal translucency (and thus risk of Down Syndrome)? The standard care here in Australia is 6- 8 weeks for dating, 12 week Nuchal Translucency scan, 20 week morphology scan. As a PP suggested, maybe ask your doctor for a referral for another US at 12 weeks to assess your bub, and also to put your mind at ease a little?
Post # 24
I have been finding that this is the worst thing about being pregnant. I am 16 weeks and a few days, and I have been waiting and waiting for my appointment (it’s on Wednesday) so I can hear the heartbeat again. They did an ultrasound at 9 weeks, then a heartbeat check at 13 weeks, and now another heartbeat check. It’s ridiculous how hard it is to wait. I know some people buy Dopplers so they can check the heartbeat at home, but for me…I think I’d be checking it like every second. I’m not someone who has faith in anything, so it’s been very difficult to trust that everything is going okay without any proof.
So no, you’re not alone!
Post # 25
We opted out of that testing. We don’t want any extra worry. I worry enough as is.
Post # 26
If you are seriously worried, call your doctor. They should have a Doppler so you can hear the heartbeat in between your ultrasounds.
Post # 27
I had bad pregnancy symptoms up until 16 weeks so in a way I didn’t really worry (actually I worried up to about 12 weeks until I finally heard the heartbeat). But I started feeling movement at 18 weeks, so after you can feel some movement you won’t have to worry as much! But early movement you can feel and then not feel for days, it’s normal since baby might be changing position or location. So don’t freak out if you go a few days without feeling anything after that first time. Around 10+ weeks they will use a doppler at every appointment to check the heartbeat. You won’t have to go the whole pregnancy not knowing if baby is ok!
And yes, the worrying will never go away now. So you should try to figure out how to manage it now!!
Post # 28
I felt the same way. I opted for the NT/genetic scan as 12 wks soley to have another ultrasound. I also decided at 16 wks, I’m going to a boutique ultrasound place for a gender appt (since they do them at 16 wks versus 20 wks at the doc). Yay for 2 extra ultrasounds!