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Being pregnant can be a wonderful experience for many women. When you find out that you are pregnant, you start thinking about your ‘pregnancy bump’. The first three months of pregnancy when you don’t have a bulging belly increase your anticipation all the more. However, what makes the experience tangible is, perhaps, hearing your child’s heartbeat for the very first time. All to-be-mothers get excited when they feel a pulsing vibe in their womb. But it is not always a baby’s butterfly-like quivering heartbeat. You may not feel your baby’s heartbeat for several weeks to come. But why is that, find out!
Reasons Why You Cannot Feel Your Baby’s Heartbeat
The pulsing sensation that most women pick up is, in fact, the pulsing of their own abdominal aorta. As it is one of the larger arteries that supply blood to the lower body, the aortic pulse is more prominent during pregnancy. Feeling your baby’s heartbeat in the stomach during early stages of pregnancy is impossible because your baby is protected by his own body, then further shielded by amniotic fluid, the amniotic sac, your uterus, muscles, and the skin of your body. During the first three weeks, you won’t feel his heartbeat in your womb during pregnancy because the baby’s heart begins to develop roughly three weeks after conception. Also, the force of contraction in such a minuscule heart is virtually indiscernible because of so much cushioning around it. Even at full term gestation, when the tiny heart is beating at 110 to 150 beats per minute, it is impossible to feel a beat without an external device through all those muscles and fluid.
How Does a Doctor Check Your Baby’s Heartbeat
You can feel the heartbeat inside the stomach during pregnancy from the fourth week through transvaginal ultrasounds. The doctor will be able to detect the heartbeat in the stomach from the twelfth week of pregnancy by using a Doppler device. However, most doctors wait for a while.
Monitoring your baby’s heart rate is helpful for many reasons. It can help in detecting an anaemic baby, abruption of the placenta, and poor oxygen supply. Ask medical professionals to monitor the heartbeat of your baby. Not being able to feel the heartbeat of your baby can make you panic, so it best to check with a doctor. Frequent use of ultrasound devices and dopplers is inadvisable. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the other discernible signs like your baby’s hiccups and kicking, and let your doctor take care of monitoring the little one’s heartbeat.
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