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No heartbeat at 11 weeks, give me hope.

  1. catlady

    grapefruit / 4988 posts

    @bubblegum: I'm so sorry you are going through this stress and I know how it feels. This is my rainbow baby as well and my OB didn't even try to find a heartbeat until at least 12 weeks I think. I forget exactly what week it was, but the first time they tried, the nurse looked for what felt like forever and couldn't find one. Then the OB came in and tried again for a super long time. She finally stopped and claimed she could hear it for like a second, but I didn't really hear it so I just had to believe her. It was terrifying. That was the worst time, but they have had a hard time finding the heartbeat at almost every appointment (at my last one at 27 weeks, she could actually hear him hiccupping but still not find the heartbeat for a couple minutes!). They said my uterus was tilted, and also I believe I had anterior placenta, so both made it hard to find him. I am now 30 weeks and at my appt yesterday, it was literally the first time they had an easy time finding the heartbeat. So there is definitely hope! Hugs and best of luck on Monday!

  2. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @delight: I have an ultrasound scheduled for Monday but I'm going to try and call today to see if I can get in today instead.

  3. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @catlady: How crazy is that! So far in your pregnancy and still so much trouble. I'm so happy for your rainbow baby and hope that our rainbow babe has the same healthy outcome as yours.

  4. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @sunnyday: Yes the worry is killing me. I'm going to try and get in there today instead.

  5. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    I'm trying to get to everyone but I just really want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for sharing their stories and giving me so much hope. I am going to call today and see if they had any cancellations so I can switch my ultrasound to today. I just can't wait until Monday. If everything is okay with the baby, the stress I'm under is not helping so I just want to have everything cleared up.

  6. Mama Bird

    pomegranate / 3127 posts

    @bubblegum: try not to worry! I can't believe they even tried to check with a Doppler this early and then didn't tell you clearly how common it is not to hear it yet. Sometimes doctors mean well but don't realize how much stress they cause because it's so routine for them.

  7. psw27

    pomelo / 5220 posts

    Try not to worry! As so many others have said, my doc doesn't even try to find the heartbeat with a doppler at that "age" because it is too unpredictable based on positioning, how much you weigh, etc. I have faith that your rainbow baby is okay (but I do hope they can squeeze you in today!)

  8. TapDancer

    cherry / 246 posts

    @bubblegum: I had a similar experience at my 12 week appointment. They couldn't easily find the heartbeat and did a quick sonogram to check. All was well, little one was just in a position that was hard to detect.

    So sorry you're having this scare!

  9. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    UPDATE: The office I have to go to has nothing so I called my obgyn and they're going to call them now so hopefully they can pull some strings and if not I'm going to the ER. I just can't wait. Not with my pass experience eating away at me.

  10. Mrs D

    grapefruit / 4545 posts

    @bubblegum: My Dr does not even do dopplers until 12 weeks for this reason exactly. They had issues with me twice with DD1 (once at just past 12 weeks) and DD2 at 14 weeks...so sorry for the scare...praying all turns out well!

  11. yoursilverlining

    eggplant / 11824 posts

    @bubblegum: I hope you get some resolution soon

  12. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Mrs D: @yoursilverlining: Thanks ladies! I'm counting down the minutes until I can call her back.

  13. 808love

    pomelo / 5866 posts

    I hope you get your appt today!

  14. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    They haven't even called. I'm going to the ER instead.

  15. catlady

    grapefruit / 4988 posts

    @bubblegum: Is there a place to go for elective ultrasounds near you? (They often advertise 3d/4d ultrasounds). Just wondering because an ER visit seems extreme and you might end up waiting forever and paying way more than if you booked an appt at one of those elective places.

  16. Mrs D

    grapefruit / 4545 posts

    @catlady: really good suggestion....ours was $75...

  17. MrsBrewer

    coconut / 8854 posts

    @catlady: Great idea! Plus stay out of all ER's and Urgent Care's if you can, seriously....the germs in there are horrible.

  18. Boogs

    hostess / papaya / 10540 posts

    @bubblegum: Good luck!

  19. Mrs. Marshmallow

    blogger / apricot / 389 posts

    @bubblegum: We weren't able to pick up the heartbeat on the Doppler until 16 weeks. Our midwife didn't even want to try at our 12 week appointment because she doesn't like how much stress it can cause, but we insisted on her trying, and nothing. I'll admit it stressed me out, but we had our ultrasound within a week of that so that helped ease my mind knowing we'd know for sure if everything was ok in less than a week! I'm glad you have an ultrasound on Monday!

  20. lovehoneybee

    GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts

    @bubblegum: With my second child my uterus was tilted and I had an anterior placenta and they warned me that they might have trouble finding it until like 13-14 weeks. Hoping everything is okay!

  21. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    Thinking of you!

  22. yellowbeach

    nectarine / 2640 posts

    Ditto those above that recommend skipping the ER. While I know you are in a panic, you will likely wait a while in the ED since you aren't bleeding or in pain. Unfortunately this isn't an emergency in their eyes like someone who is bleeding or in pain and might possibly have a life-threatening ectopic.

    You are likely to pay less, wait less and expose yourself to less germs if you try to find an outpatent scan. That said, I know that could be hard on a Friday afternoon.

  23. Mama Bird

    pomegranate / 3127 posts

    @bubblegum: Yes, please don't go to the ER! I spent a day there once and it was a circle of hell. The second worst bit about being there is that they immediately stuck an IV port into my arm just in case I need it. And when it became clear they can't help me anyway, I couldn't just go home. I had to wait another five hours for someone to process some stupid stuff and get the IV out. It was the worst.

  24. daniellemybelle

    cantaloupe / 6669 posts

    I agree with trying to find an private U/S place. I'm so sorry for you to worry. It took two different people trying and a while for them to get the heartbeat at my 11 week appointment.

  25. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    I might be in the minority here but I think I'd rather go to the ER than an elective ultrasound place. If, God forbid, there is an issue, the people at elective ultrasound places have absolutely no medical training to provide any sort of medical advice or diagnosis. I'm remembering the place I went to with my first pregnancy where their chief goal is to sell you commemorative memorabilia, etc. Maybe you can call around and see if there is an urgent care type facility that has an ultrasound machine so you avoid the wait that others described in the ER?

    Sorry you are going through this and really hoping it's just a false alarm.

  26. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    UPDATE!!!! So on my way to the ER my obgyn called and said he got me an appt at the hospital for 2:30!! I got there with my mother in law and mom was super nervous with hubby on speed dial andddddd the baby is perfect! With a great heart beat of 163!!! We are so blessed and thrilled. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes. This mama is staying an April mama and couldn't be happier!!!

  27. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @bubblegum: Wonderful news! So glad you have a happy update!

  28. autumnlove

    hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts

    @bubblegum: yay!

  29. MOMTOLITTLEB

    persimmon / 1188 posts

    @bubblegum: Sorry you had the scare but so happy to hear the good news!!

  30. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Shantuck: @autumnlove: @MOMTOLITTLEB: thank you so much ladies!!!

  31. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2803 posts


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  32. CatchAFallingStar

    nectarine / 2803 posts

    @bubblegum: yay!!!!

  33. Mama Bird

    pomegranate / 3127 posts

    Yay! What a wonderful update!

  34. psw27

    pomelo / 5220 posts

    @bubblegum: 💗💙💗💙💗💙💗💙 so happy for you!!

  35. nana87

    cantaloupe / 6171 posts

    @bubblegum: so relieved for you! Congrats!

  36. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    @bubblegum: that is a great update. Congrats!!

  37. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    Great update!

    This is why so many wont even try the Doppler until second tri!

  38. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    Wahoo!! what a wonderful update!!

  39. rockinghorse

    cherry / 215 posts

    @bubblegum: OMG I was reading through these posts at lightning speed to make sure everything turned out alright! I'm sorry, but how dare your MD make you wait more than a few minutes to get a confirmation, especially with your rainbow baby! I'm relieved and mad! Much love to you and your LO!!!!

  40. Pollywog

    persimmon / 1111 posts

    Yay! That's a great update

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