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Foetal Heartbeat and Movements

I am in my third month and cannot hear my baby's heartbeat. 

Only a highly sensitive instrument like the Doppler can pick up the foetal heartbeat by the 10th or 12th week. An ordinary stethoscope can pick it up only in the 17th or 18th week. Sometimes the baby's position or the mother's layers of excess fat prevent one from picking up the heartbeat. There is also the possibility that you could have miscalculated your date. So just have patience and don't worry. Still, if you like, you can request your doctor for an ultrasound., which is sure to pick up the foetal heartbeat. Quite like music to your ears.

How can I identify a foetal movement

You can look out for it between the 14th and 25th week or more likely between the 18th and 22nd week. It is difficult to describe, though you could expect a fluttering in the abdomen, or a bump, nudge, twitch or bubbly feeling. Some of you may have mistaken foetal movements for gas or hunger pangs.

I don't think my baby is kicking, but I feel regular spasms on and off

This could well be your baby's hiccups. It could happen several times a day upto a stretch of 20 mins. There is no cause for concern as hiccups are not a source of discomfort to babies as they are to adults.

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