Hearing your baby’s heartbeat is an exciting time for moms-to-be and the exhilaration and nervousness mounts when your appointment is nearing. If you hear two heartbeats, it does not necessarily mean you are having twins, however. It might mean that, of course, but not always.
Similarly, the doctor only hearing one heartbeat does not necessarily mean you are only having one baby. Sometimes it is hard to detect a second baby due to the positioning of each baby.
Why did the doctor hear two heartbeats?
- If the doctor counted two heartbeats, it is possible that the baby was just moving in between counts.
- Perhaps the mother’s heartbeat was picked up and confused with the baby’s heartbeat.
- Sometimes the doppler picks up the sound in the cord or the placental blood flow which can often be considered a second heartbeat.
- Or it could be that the background noise or echo was counted as a separate heartbeat.
It is not an exact science and depends on many different factors at the time of your individual appointment.
An ultrasound is the only definite way you can determine how many babies you are having, and even an ultrasound has a small percentage of error. As soon as you have your ultrasound any concern or worry you have about the number of babies can be resolved immediately.
Why did I feel two heartbeats?
If you’re using a doppler at home, or believe you felt your baby’s heartbeat, then it’s even less likely to be an accurate prediction. Picking up a baby’s heartbeat takes some experience and training, so any strange heartbeats you find at home, should be confirmed by a medical professional before you suspect anything is out of the ordinary.