We ordered a doppler yesterday (for those non-psycho pregnant, a doppler is the device you can hear the baby’s heartbeat with by rubbing it on the tummy). It’s a monthly rental deal, and we send it back when we’re done. Typically? We should be able to pick up the heartbeat with it at 10weeks. I am officially 9w2d today. The doppler will be here sometime early next week, I guess. This is the BIG question. It will actually be here BEFORE I’m at 10w. So, do I use it when I’m 10w0d and tempt fate and my sanity? Or do I push my patience (and sanity, it’s actually part of BOTH sides of this equation) and wait a few days until I’m more “guaranteed” to get a heartbeat? The range is actually 10w-12w when you can first hear it, so we could concievably NOT hear it until 12w, and everything could still be fine, but we ALL know that’s NOT how MY brain works. If I don’t hear it by week 11? I’m going to assume the fetus is dead and go back to my crack habit.
So – what do you think? Try it at 10w and become an even BIGGER basket case if I don’t hear anything? Or wait several days, becoming an even BIGGER basket case as the days pass? Do you see how that works? How both options have the same downsides?
Welcome to my brain. You can stay as long as you want, but don’t touch anything, it’s all so very fragile.