When did you hear and/or see the heartbeat?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks exactly and was able to see everything, the little baby, heartbeat, etc.

I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks and thought having to wait til 8 weeks was an eternity, but in the end it really makes sense. If you go in too early, you risk not being able to see or hear anything, but by 8 weeks everything should be developed enough to determine a viable pregnancy.

Post # 17
10028 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

We saw/heard ours at 7 weeks. My OB wouldn’t see me before that.

Post # 18
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My doctor schedules the first appointment / ultrasound between 8 and 10 weeks. I went at 8w6d last Thursday. It was a transvaginal ultrasound. I was soooo anxious that it wouldn’t find a viable embryo, but we heard the heartbeat loud and clear!  Congrats to you and good luck!

Post # 19
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Ps i agree with PP that I’d rather wait til a guaranteed heartbeat than risk not hearing it and have to worry. (But I also waited to test until 13 dpo sonmaybe that’s just me?)

I’d also rather wait til 8+ weeks when the risk of Mc is much lower, since it would be so hard to hear a heartbeat and then lose it. 

Post # 20
6674 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

nursebee22 :  my first ultrasound was when we thought I was 8 weeks and I turned out to be 6.  It looked like a flickering spot on the screen.  I’m the sort of person who just goes “okay” to things like that, but it was still nice to know it was there.  The first time I listened to it was at my first midwife appointment, about a month later.  He was a zoomer and hard to catch!  I preferred listening to seeing.

Post # 21
7903 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

My first ultrasound was at 12 weeks, and I got to hear the heartbeat. I think there was a post on here awhile ago about a bee who had an early ultrasound and was quite worried because she didn’t hear heartbeat. There’s no right or wrong answer, but just be prepared that you might not get much of the fun info from an early ultrasound. 

Post # 22
3183 posts
Sugar bee

My doctor’s office schedules them at 8 weeks. Due to my husband’s schedule and my weeks starting on Saturdays, I got in at 8 weeks and 4 days. It felt like an eternity, but now I’m at 38 weeks.

Post # 24
493 posts
Helper bee

nursebee22 :  yayyyy congrats! I had a dating ultrasound at 6 weeks, saw the babies heart beat … it was a vaginal ultrasound (sadly ended in m/c) 

Post # 25
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I had to have an ultrasound to even date my pregnancy and I turned out to be 8 or 9 weeks. We saw the heartbeat then if I remember right but it wasn’t until week 16ish that it was easy to find and hear it with a Doppler. So usually I ended up getting mini scans at my appointments to check on it until they could hear it. 🙂

Post # 26
9286 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Saw him (and his flickering heartbeat) for the very first time at our first appt at 9+1. Here he was! 💙

The vertical line was our OB measuring his heartrate, which was 180.

I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was already 7 weeks along, so we only had to wait a couple weeks until my first appt. And even that felt like forever…

We first heard his heartbeat at my next appt, which was my NT scan at 12+2.

Post # 28
3064 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nursebee22 :  I was able to see a heart beat at 6+1 weeks! But that is very early, we would not be able to hear it. 

 I had one at 5 weeks with no hb  ( was having severe cramping so they thought it might be ectopic) 

Post # 29
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Often before 5 weeks, you can see the beginning of the heart formation, but no actual “beating” until sometime between 5 and 6 weeks.  I had a couple of USs (we had no idea how far along we were) before HB was visible- I think finally got a solid beating heart and due date around 6-7 weeks.  With our second baby, didn’t have an US scheduled until 8 weeks- which I think is more typical. 

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