A babys heartbeat can be detected by transvaginal ultrasound as early as 3 to 4 weeks after conception, or 5 to 6 weeks after the first day of the last menstrual period. This early embryonic heartbeat is fast, often about 160-180 beats per minutes, twice as fast as us adults!
How can I check my babys heartbeat at home?
Its possible to hear the heartbeat at home using a stethoscope. Unfortunately, you cant hear it as early as you can with an ultrasound or fetal Doppler. With a stethoscope, a babys heartbeat is often detectable between the 18th and 20th week. Stethoscopes are designed to amplify small sounds.
Can you feel a baby heartbeat at 2 months?
A fetal heartbeat may first be detected by a vaginal ultrasound as early as 5 1/2 to 6 weeks after gestation. Thats when a fetal pole, the first visible sign of a developing embryo, can sometimes be seen. But between 6 1/2 to 7 weeks after gestation, a heartbeat can be better assessed.
Can you feel a babys heartbeat through your stomach?
Some women report feeling a pulse in their stomach when theyre pregnant. While this might feel like your babys heartbeat, its actually just the pulse in your abdominal aorta. When youre pregnant, the amount of blood circulating around your body dramatically increases.