I'm pregnant with my first child and am totally paranoid about missed miscarriages (too much googling, I know!). I am so worried about getting to my 12wk scan and them finding nothing.
Anyway, I have a booking in appointment at 8+2 and wondered if the midwife would be able to check for a heartbeat with a doppler?! Do you think I could ask? I know that things could still go wrong between then and scan...but I think it would reassure me a lot...
no they only start checking after 12 weke appointment. at 12 wekes the baby is only about 10cm so imagine how small the heart is! i bought an angelsounds doppler as like you i had had several m/c. you can hearthe hb from 11 weeks with one but it takes some time to find it so do not worry if you cannot find it straight away.
There hasn't really been enough research to say if they're safe or not. Although one study on rats found that repeated ultrasounds could cause holes in developing fetal cells. One of the sonographers at work showed me the article and she said that if she was pg she would never get her own doppler and she always advises women against the 4d "bonding" scans for the same reasons.
hi there, if you are really anxious to hear the heartbeat (I was!) then you can go to a private scan. With an internal scan, they can pick up the heartbeat from 6 weeks. It is not at all uncomfortable. I think mine cost £120. Good luck x
I did get a doppler (babybeats hire) and picked up the heartbeat just before 9weeks but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is likely to become over-anxious as the hb is very difficult to locate at that stage, sometimes impossible!
I was £60 for my private reassurance scan, which has gone up to £75 now. Still cheaper than the 4mths I have had the doppler