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January 7th, 2013, 06:09 AM
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Those of you who have used dopplers (this pregnancy and previous ones) in early pregnancy and have heard the heartbeat early (<10 weeks), just wondering: Are you very thin?

I want to buy one but I'm not a tiny girl... my Ob's office said at my appointment last week that they'll start using the doppler at my next visit (I will be 11w6d) and they should be able to hear the heartbeat then... but that some women who are VERY thin can hear it prior to 10 weeks sometimes.

DH and I were looking at some dopplers but I don't know if I should bother until after 10 weeks if my belly chub is going to get in the way

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January 7th, 2013, 06:28 AM
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my gynea used a doppler on my visit and i was 9w2d, dont think there was and exception to your body build
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January 7th, 2013, 06:55 AM
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I went in for my 1st appointment at 7w1d last week and got to hear the heartbeat. I was shocked we heard it so early. And I am NOT a skinny girl (220 lbs and 5'8")
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January 7th, 2013, 07:05 AM
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Im not skinny and I heard my baby's heartbeat at home 9w. So I don't see why you would have to wait to later.

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January 7th, 2013, 07:28 AM
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I got mine around 10 weeks and I'm 5'4 and 130 lbs. For me, this is chunky--I have a small frame and 80% of my "extra weight" is in my stomach (it's where I gain weight)
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January 7th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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Awesome, thanks ladies!! My Ob made quite a big deal about my weight last appt (I'm def overweight but I just lost 25 lbs too, and got NO credit for the fact that I WAS losing weight until I got pregnant!)

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January 7th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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I'm 8 weeks and heard it today with my sonoline B. Trying to get it on video, didn't have my phone on me of course. Definitely trying again later.
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January 7th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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I am, yes. My friend who is heavier just went to the doc at 13 weeks and I am very confident that her pregnancy is fine (still really bad MS, I think she may even have twins) but they couldn't find the heartbeat with their Doppler. I do think size can matter for this, depending on the person.

I would still buy it but I would keep that in mind so you don't panic in case you can't.

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January 7th, 2013, 03:25 PM
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Size can hold a meaning *if* their doppler is not super great quality. Unfortunatly not all Doctors have top of the line dopplers, I couldnt hear DS's heartbeat until past 12 weeks ( tried the 3 weeks before too!), and I was thin then!

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January 7th, 2013, 03:28 PM
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I have a cheapie Fetal Doppler and tried it last night with no luck. But I think its too early too. Mine was only $20 on Amazon. It worked great with DD but I can't remember how far I was when I bought it. I know for sure I was further than I am now bc I was 9 weeks when I found out with her.

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January 7th, 2013, 07:53 PM
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The doppler I have, was able to pick up at 10 weeks last time. I was heavier then. By a good 40 pounds. I havent been able to hear anything yet. I think alot of thimgs play a part, the doppler, your body, babys position, where the placenta is etc. i say go for it! Even if you cant hear it right off, it will be eciting to find, sota like the long lost love hate relationship many of us had with peesticks

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