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Heartbeat Heard and Miscarriage Percentage
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by Niki73, Jun 21, 2004
I read on one of the forums that once a heart beat is dedected you have only a 5% change of miscarriage is that pretty much a true statistic? I know I have read that some mom's have miscarried up to twelve weeks but sometimes I think the fetus dies early on but it's not detected until later. I think I miscarriaged at 10weeks one time and 12weeks a seperate time but when the doctor did the ultra sound they were only the size of 6 weeks which meant the pregnancy hadn't been viable since 6 weeks. Does that make sense? I'm just so nervous I am started my 9 week this week and we have seen the heart beat and I just want everything to be okay....I just thought the 5% was a good statistic and wanted to know if anyone else heard that..thank you, Niki
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by cmn, Jun 21, 2004
I have heard the same thing from many people, I asked my Dr about this when i went in for my pg confirmation. It sounds very good to me too, i will be 8 weeks tomorrow and can't wait for my early U/S next week. Congratulations on your PG, keep us updated on how your doing.
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by kck, Jun 21, 2004
I was told after my miscarriage that once you see a heartbeat via ultrasound the chances of miscarriage are lowered, and then they are reduced even lower after it is heard by doppler around 11- 12 weeks.  I can't remember the percentages, but I think the 5% is after it is heard by doppler.  It is more like 10% after just an ultrasound.  As I said, though, I'm not sure I remember the percentages right.  However, even 10% is pretty good odds.  Of course, all of that is assuming the hearbeat was at a normal, healthy rate.  I lost a baby that had a heartbeat around 6.5 weeks, but the hearrate was only around 90.  It should be 120-160.  I hope this helps.
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by Niki73, Jun 21, 2004
Thank you your comments were helpful!Cmn we are a week apart! Is this your first pregnancy? Thank you again for both of your comments I like to hear good statitics. We checked the heartbeat with u/s when I was almost 7 weeks and there was a good heart beat. I had an appointment last week which in the past was usually scheduled around 3 months but they told me to go ahead and go in earlier to get all the paper work filled out. This is the appointment they usually like to give you a pap smear well with 2 of my last 3 miscarriages I started to spot pink after the pap so with my fourth pregnacy I told the doctor I'd rather not have one and do it after I deliver and they let me and I had a healthy baby girl so this time around I opted for the same think - I know it probably doesn't mean anything but it was in my head so she didn't do the doppler because I was only 8 weeks so now I will have to wait until July 19 to do the doppler! I hate the wait!
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by cmn, Jun 21, 2004
I had a M/C when i was 17yrs, and this pregnancy which i'm hoping is going well. I can't wait to see the HB, do they actually do a count of how fast the HB is this early? what was your baby's HB at? The date i gave you is going by my LMP, the U/S should give us a better date.

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by Kassimom, Jun 21, 2004
They can count the BPM with the u/s. OR at least my OB did. My baby's BPM have been around the 150 range each time. With the early u/s AND with the doppler later. Good luck girls!!
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by Niki73, Jun 21, 2004
I can't believe how many of us have had m/c's it's sad! The doctor had to time the heart beats because your right the u/s doesn't tell you...he said the hear beat was around 140. Then he told me if we went off the old wise tale that the baby would be a boy! I laughed and said you told me that with my daughter and she was a girl! I guess if the heart beat is 140-150 the wise tale is a boy and anything above 150 a girl! But you can see the heart beating on the u/s! It's the neatest thing. Keep me updated with your progress our babies will be going through the same stages but a week apart!!!!
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by Niki73, Jun 21, 2004
I wonder if your u/s is a newer one....my doctor said they couldn't do it with there's so they timed it....Did you have girls with a heart beat of 150- just for kicks!!!!Thanks!!!
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by kck, Jun 21, 2004
My doctor's ultrasound machine can tell the heartrate.  I wonder how old the machine is at your doctor.  With my current pregnancy the first heartrate was 150 and it is a girl.  My first child had a heartrate at 12 weeks of 170 and she is a girl.  But this baby has varied anywhere from 130 -160 and 3 times they have told me it's a girl.
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by Kassimom, Jun 21, 2004
No my own OB's machine can't time it but he did it himself and counted it at about 150.

When I was preg with DD, her HB was always about 165 and from the first time hearing it, the nurse said it was a girl and said she had only been wrong once in (I think) 20 yrs.

With this baby the HB is 150, so I am hoping that since it is slightly slower that it's a boy! :) Will let you know in about 3 wks!