At 14 weeks the consultant listened for a heartbeat with the Doppler and found a very strong sound immediately.
Today my midwife listened with the Doppler and found the heartbeat again. Then she told me that as the beat was 'very strong and forward' she wouldn't be surprised if I had an anterior placenta (placenta to the front of my womb, rather than the back) and that I might not feel kicks until a bit later than usual.
Thinking about this, I'm a bit baffled. Wouldn't having an anterior placenta make the heartbeat harder to hear? Is there something I'm missing?
Would be very glad if anyone could shed some light from their own experiences.
I had an anterior placent and in general the heartbeat was harder to hear- like you say I would've thought the placenta would muffle the baby's heartbeat? Unless she was being a bit confusing and it was the placenta blood flow she was hearing loud and clear?! Don't know really!
I've had two anterior placentas across both pregnancies and we've never had problems hearing the heartbeat. I think mine have both been quite high, though forward, and so because you're listening low down you can hear it. Mine has always been very obvious - even when we listen at home.
Same as Wee blueberry ... anterior this time and no problems hearing heartbeat ... though movement is very much an issue ... I can sense her moving around but not feeling it properly ... very dull now and again but I know she's ok
I also have an anterior placenta and have neverrr had any problems in hearing the heart beat it's been found with ease on every single apt , so maybe the midwife is right They know what they are talking about more than we do after all !