Posted: 19/09/2011 at 13:35
hiya hun.....I posted a few days ago about my early scan and hearing the heartbeat.
I heard it first with Chloe at 10 weeks and with this little beanie at what I now know from the scan to be 8+4.
However......it did take lots of time to hear it and even so I don't hear it for long periods....perhaps 10 seconds or so and then beanie moves. And on some attempts I don't hear it. I wouldn't advise everyone tries searching for it so early....but given the losses I have experienced I get great comfort from listening. Even though I do panic if I can't find it. If you've not listened before it can take quite a bit to get used to all the different sounds that you hear down there, i.e placenta, gas etc. and you may miss it, however if you have used a doppler frequently before you will know what is you and what is baby.
Please just remember that midwives won't even attempt to listen for you until the 16 week mark because not finding it can cause worry. Please also remember that if you have an anterior placenta you won't hear bubba for a long time yet.
I am using a Hi-Bebe doppler with tons of gel, a very full bladder, a cushion under my bum when I lie down and plenty of time to have a good search around starting right down by your pubic bone. This beanie seems higher up than Chloe was at this stage but this could be due to my uterus and muscles not having fully returned to normal as its not been long since I gave birth.
Please don't worry if you can't hear anything yet...its common for many ladies to not hear anything until well into their 2nd trimester