How Soon Can You Hear Your Baby’s Heartbeat?

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Being able to see the growth of your unborn child is a miracle brought about by today's modern technology. Ultrasounds allow you to see the child while it is still in the womb, and make it possible to check the baby's development. But today's technology allows you to do more than just see your child; you can hear them too.

Using Doppler technology, your OBGYN can allow you to actually hear your child's heart beating. Here's what we think you should know about when you can hear your baby's heartbeat and the factors that can affect this time frame.

When?

Typically, you can first hear your baby's heartbeat when you are about 10 weeks pregnant. Sometimes it will be a little sooner, and sometimes it will be a little later. While some women can hear the heartbeat as early as 8 weeks, some cannot hear it until they are closer to 12 weeks. Your doctor can give you more information on when to schedule an appointment to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time.

Limiting Factors

There are several factors that can affect how soon you can hear your baby's heartbeat. The location of the fetus in the uterus, the size and shape of the uterus, and even the mother's weight can affect whether or not you'll be able to hear the baby's heartbeat.

 

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