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I am 12 weeks pregnant and my doctor used the doppler at this visit to see if she could hear the heartbeat. She tried for a few minutes, but could not find it. I don't have an ultrasound for another week. Should I be worried?

By Anonymous March 6, 2012 - 4:48pm
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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Oh how wonderful!! Isn't it exciting to see your baby? Anytime you need some reassurance, just log on and we are here to help in anyway that we can.
Wishing you only the very best,

March 9, 2012 - 5:55pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

I understand how you are feeling. I always felt better after having an ultrasound or visit with the obstetrician. It was a way of knowing that everything is going well with your pregnancy.

From my experience as a nurse, if you did go to the emergency room, you would be examined by the emergency room physician. You would also be evaluated by the ob/gyn resident, who would consult with your private physician. If there was a concern, an ultrasound and blood work would be done at that time.

But, let's think positive thoughts. Everything will be all right:)


March 9, 2012 - 5:23pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann,

Well I managed to get in for an earlier ultrasound today. Everything is fine! We saw the baby, the little arms, lets, heart beating away. The ultrasound tech said that there is a tiny bit of separation from placenta and cervix? This is what could be causing the little bit of bleeding and she told me to just take it easy for a while...not lifting heavy things or exercise. I am so relieved! Thank you for your support...I think most of the time that is just what is needed...just re-assurance that everything is ok. :)

March 9, 2012 - 5:36pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Give your doctor a telephone call and mention that you have noticed some spotting. Even if you cannot get into the office, you can speak with the nurse who can pass the message on to the doctor, or may be able to give you an answer.

I had an episode of spotting, about the size of a quarter and brown in color when I was about 3 months pregnant with my first child. I called my obstetrician, who was very reassuring. It was nothing. I carried the baby to full-term. That "baby" is now 25 years old!


March 8, 2012 - 6:58pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks Maryann,
I did call the doctor and have an appointment tomorrow...it hasn't really gotten worse or anything and still no cramping so I'm hoping it's nothing. I think I mentioned that I did have the same thing earlier on in the pregnancy and my doctor wasn't worried. It's just when it's your first pregnancy you never know what to think! The receptionist just said if it gets heavy to go to emerg. I'm not sure what my family doctor can really do anyway...maybe an exam? I just can't wait for my first ultrasound in a few days to make sure everything is ok. Thanks for the support!

March 8, 2012 - 7:05pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

It is very understandable that you would be concerned, but, I don't think to need to worry.

Your baby's heart begins beating around 22 days after conception, about 5 weeks after your last period.

According to AmazingPregnancy.com, "After 9 or 10 weeks of pregnancy, you might be able to hear your baby's heartbeat.

Typically your physician will use a Doppler instrument to do this. A Doppler instrument bounces sound waves off the fetal heart. These sounds return, affected by what they bounced off of, and the changes in these waves are picked up by the receiver in the Doppler.

This may not be possible until around 12 weeks of pregnancy, depending on the position of your uterus and your own weight."

The baby's heart beat may be detected as early as 4 weeks after conception as a flickering in the chest via ultrasound. Your scheduled ultrasound will show you that.

Best wishes,

March 6, 2012 - 6:01pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks Maryann,

This afternoon I noticed some brownish spotting. I had something similar earlier on around maybe 7-8 weeks or so. I am just wondering if this is ok? I don't have any cramps, and it's not heavy but I am still worrying as I can't get into the doctor's until tomorrow afternoon, and I don't have my ultrasound for another 3 days. Combined with my doctor not being able to detect the heartbeat the other day by doppler and now brownish spotting I'm a little concerned.

March 8, 2012 - 2:24pm
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