If your doctor or midwife does not hear the heart beat when they would expect to hear it, they have several options, including:
- ask you to come back to the office to try again at your next regular appointment
- have you come in earlier than your next regularly scheduled exam (2 weeks versus 4)
- perform an ultrasound to check on the progress of your pregnancy
- more info on not hearing the heart beat when expected
Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. Gabbe, S, Niebyl, J, Simpson, JL. Fifth Edition.
The Official Lamaze Guide. Lothian, J and DeVries, C. Meadowbrook; 1 edition.