A 24-year-old female asked:
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when doctors say that u can hear a baby's heartbeat through vaginal ultrasound around 6 weeks, is that 6 weeks past last menstraul cycle or conception?

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Dr. Amy Levine
22 years experience Radiology
LMP: It is standard to discuss pregnancy dates from the 1st day of last period. In addition, 6 weeks would be about the earliest for heart detection. Many offices won't look until at least 8 weeks, as cycle lengths vary between women and there is mild variability in fetal dating. While this is not a big deal later on, a few days makes a big difference early on!
Answered on May 5, 2013

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