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Can the fetal heartbeats be detected in the 7th week of pregnancy ?

Hi, My Friend is 7 wk pergnant but still the ultrasound does not detect fetal heartbeat, so her gynac has asked her to wait for 2 weeks more, earlier during 2 weeks back she had spotting as well as 1 day she had clots. Her sonography report removed recently and the one removed 2 week back shows growth of fetua. So is evrthng normal. When is the last that we can expect fetal heartbeats to come. Can anyone wait uptill the 9th week Also I was concerned coz 2 years back i was under the same situation where no heart beats were detected @ the 7week, but also like the above case ther was growth in the fetus, but still the gynac clearly said that it was a case of missed abortion and finally i had to abort in the 8th week for absence of heart beats
Wed, 25 Jan 2012
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Hi sometimes in different women, fetus's can take a while to have a heartbeat or it could be a defect in the fetal heartbeat.
General & Family Physician Dr. Mohammed Tauseef's  Response
Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
The Fetal heart will begin to beat in the first trimester. Typically this cannot be heard with even a Doppler until between the 9 to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes, it cannot be heard until between the 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. So, tell your Friend not to worry and she can just wait and take her medicines regularly and go for regular follow up.

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