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Can you feel the baby's heartbeat with your hand?

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CBUDDIN01
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10/12/05 4:45 P

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The heartbeat that you feel is your own pulse. And you can't hear the heartbeat using the stethoscope until you are about 20 weeks along


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10/9/05 10:13 P

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Well my doctor told me that I couldn't feel the baby move but surprise surprise when I went for my ultrasound the little one was very active. The young lady doing the ultrasound was like this child is very active for this stage and she said that everyone's body is not the same and your doctor is not wrong or right because as we both could see my child was moving and I to can feel the heartbeat with my hand at times. So none of us are wrong because our bodies defer and so do our children. Smooches.


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10/9/05 2:58 P

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I swear I can feel the baby's heartbeat inside me (with my hand). It's unmistakable with me. I've left my hand there and felt it come and go (baby swimmin around in there). And, last week at my 12 week (a little early) the attending RN was able to use the fetal doppler and we heard the heartbeat! 165 beats per minute... and this baby came right up to the microphone!! LOL I was thinking it was a girl, but now I'm convinced it's a boy...


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At this stage you definitely can NOT hear the heartbeat with a stethoscope and it also is not possible to feel the baby's heartbeat. The throbbing that you feel is simply the quickened pulse of the abdominal artery and vascular structures feeding the uterus. The baby is too small to feel with the hand yet, let alone it's heartbeat, it takes a trained physician to even palpate the uterus in these early weeks. A little more patient waiting is required yet!


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10/7/05 9:23 P

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Actually, you cannot hear it with a stethoscope unless you're over 20 weeks. (I have a stetoscope at work and tried).


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10/7/05 8:30 P

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I actually have a stethescope so I will give it a try. As for feeling the heartbeat, I swore that I could feel something the other night. When I asked my husband to feel if he felt something trobbing he said no, so I felt a little nuts and anxious! Let me know how this is supposed to work. I would be interested too.


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10/7/05 5:44 P

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Hey! I talked to my mother, also a doctor, and when I asked her about using a stethescope to listen to the fetuses heartbeat, she said 'Well, of course. That's the way we used to do it before we had ultrasounds around!'

Anyway, just thought I would share.



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I've never knew you can feel the heartbeat with your hand? Can someone tell me how that works? I know it sounds dumb but do you have to press down on your belly or just put your hand up to it?

I am 14 weeks.


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10/6/05 7:45 P

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No, I work ina clinic and tried about 3 different ones, couldn't hear it.


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I heard the heart beat on monday and the doctor said the same thing to me (Did you feel the baby kick yet? and I was like no then he said ok good or something like that).


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10/6/05 7:00 P

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Just wondering, do you think a stethoscope would work to hear the baby's heartbeat?


Afterall its a microphone, of sorts... and that would be cheaper than renting a doppler....

My father's coming out to visit me and I'm thinking that we have got to have few old ones around. (everyone in my family, but me!, is a doctor)


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SILKYSPINZ
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10/6/05 6:58 P

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:) it does... thank you very much for your words.


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10/6/05 3:16 P

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Yeah, same here. Especially since I had spotting and I was told everything is okay... but that was at 7 weeks.
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Ya, its really scary eh? I have my appt on Tuesday, hoping for the best. A missed miscarriage is by far my biggest fear.


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I had my husband put his ear up to my belly to see if he could hear it and he couldn't. It was worth a try.


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SILKYSPINZ
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10/6/05 11:24 A

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I too have an appoint, but at 14 weeks and I am only 10 weeks. I believe everything is fine, but I figured it would be a nice bday present for my DF to hear our baby's heart beat. He is not a materialistic person and he said he wants me and the baby for his bday (meaning as long as we are both happy and healthy), so the doppler is really a present more than anything.


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Good luck girl!

Sounds great you were able to aquire that....




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SILKYSPINZ
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Just rented a dopper from bellybeats.com... I got overnight delivery since I am Canada and it will probably be 3-4 days.
I am excited and nervous.


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The foetal doppler works on the same principle as US.

To give the complete technical explanation... the transducer send short pulses of sound waves through the abdomen and receives echoes of sound between the pulses which it analyses to determine the location and depth of the return source and converts this to audio output. It works on the principle of the Doppler Effect that you learn about in high school physics. The sounds you hear from the monitor are not the actual heart beat but a representation of the heart beat.

US uses essentially the same technology in that it also relies upon the transmission of soundwaves across the abdomen wall to receive information. The only difference is that US machines convert the info into images where as doppler monitors convert the info into audio.

Does that clear it up?

Edited by: AUSSIEMUNECA at: 10/5/2005 (16:06)


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from everything that i've read using dopplers at home is not bad. i've read you can use them as much as you want to. i think they are meant to be used mainly to ease worries that we might have :) but its nice to share the heartbeat with other people to show off your little one :) it would be great if they had affordable u/s machines for rent also!

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My mother is a RN and she said that a doppler is just a microfone pretty much and that it doesn't use the same technology as an u/s. I love my mother but she does tend to make-up stuff to make me feel better, so if that's true then i would feel a lot better about it. Anyone know?


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SILKYSPINZ
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10/5/05 3:39 P

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Your advice helps a lot, because I am in your shoes, I think the same and well, it looks like we have similar jobs too.

Learning to relax is so hard for me, I wanted to rent a doppler, but safe is that?...

Edited by: SILKYSPINZ at: 10/5/2005 (15:39)


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I am a big worrier too, so I rented a Doppler from BellyBeats.com. I got it on Monday and found the heartbeat right away. I will probably try to limit my use, since nobody can really prove if u/s is completely safe or not. But it was wonderful to hear, and it should hold me over for the next week or so and then I will get worried and listen again!!

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AUSSIEMUNECA
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10/5/05 3:32 P

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Thats hard, I know! Everytime there is a twinge of pain or something unusual I begin to worry. When we can finally feel the bub moving it will go a long way to resting our fears. I hate not being in control of my things. In my work I have to take control of so many situation and sometimes make decisions that can mean life or death for another person. It's really hard for me to give up that power when it comes to my own baby and just except that it's life is dependent upon totally external forces that I have little or no control over. I guess it's a good lesson though for teaching me to relax a little and trust in something else besides my own abilities.

I can't really give any advice about how to deal with it as I struggle with it every day. I am very independent and self-sufficient and it kills me not being able to monitor and control everything going on inside my uterus. In one sense I am lucky to have a medical education because it helps me to deal with things more rationally, but on the flip side of the coin it makes me paranoid because I know all the things that can go wrong and all the symtpoms and I can start reading things into my situation and driving myself insane LOL. I guess, just keep busy and you won't have time to worry!


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Silkyspinz, don't be concerned. You shouldn't be able to feel the baby or heartbeat at this stage - the baby is too small and buried underneath organs still, and the heartbeat isn't strong enough or close enough to the abdomen surface. Once the heartbeat becomes detectable with an ordinary stethoscope then you will be able to feel it if you concentrate. Women often mix up the pulsing of the arteries feeding the uterus with the baby's heartbeat, but it will be some weeks yet before you will feel it and even then, without patience you may find it difficult for a while.

Edited by: AUSSIEMUNECA at: 10/5/2005 (15:16)


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Yes I can feel it. For about 2 weeks now; Im 11th week now. Itīs extremely fast that it canīt be mixed with own heart beat becouse it is totally diffrent tempo; so slow!


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SILKYSPINZ
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I have been trying to feel it down in the pelvis area, but I don't really feel anything. Maybe I am not doing it right, or maybe I am looking in the wrong area?

Has anybody been able to?


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