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So, the marvels of modern technology are a blessing and a curse!! I love using my doppler, but at the same time, it makes me nervous. Every time I use it, the hb is the in exact same spot, give or take half an inch. Is this right-- shouldn't the hb be wherever the baby is (and therefore all over the place?)
The same thing was happening to me a few weeks ago. I thought I was finding the hb pretty easily but my ob couldn't find it, had an ultrasound and the baby had a good heartbeat and was moving all around. Maybe what I was hearing was my heartbeat or the placental blood flow? Anyways, now that I'm farther along (14w 2d) I find a hb that is much louder and is above 140 bmp, before I had been getting much lower numbers. I lose it quickly and have to try and find it again.
You should be able to tell the difference between your heartbeat and baby's. Yours will be somewhere in the 60-90 range. Baby's will be somewhere upwards of 150.
It is totally normal for baby's heartbeat to be found in the same place at this stage, though! It is still very small and not gaining much movement, so even if the fetus is moving, it's probably only going a centimeter or so this way or that. .
It is pretty hard to find the heart beat at this point. Doppler actually pick up the echo of the heartbeat, not the actual heartbeat so that adds some trickiness to it as well. You can hear the echo of your HB, the cord flow, the placenta... all kinds of things. When you find the baby it should be pretty obvious though as it will be upwards of 140 usually. Everything else would be significantly slower than that. GL!