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When Does the Fetal Heartbeat Begin?

If you follow the news, you've probably seen headlines and read about "heartbeat laws" passing in various states throughout the US. Several states passed them last year in an attempt to bring our current abortion laws up to date with newer scientific discoveries. As you follow these stories, you may be wondering, when does the fetal heartbeat begin?
When Does the Fetal Heartbeat Begin?

The fetal heartbeat begins as early as six weeks into a pregnancy (meaning six weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period). This is when it can be detected via ultrasound, and the heartbeat can be heard at that time as well.

If you think you're pregnant, the first step is to have a clinical pregnancy test done. If your test is positive, you can then schedule an ultrasound to detect the fetal heartbeat and learn more about the pregnancy.

Have other questions?

If you're facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like more information about your pregnancy, we can help! One of our Case Managers will sit down with you to discuss your pregnancy, provide information on all of your options, and help you process your decision if you're not sure what you'd like to do.

We offer education on abortion, adoption, and parenting so you can be fully informed. Many people facing an unplanned pregnancy feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the next steps. All of our appointments are free and confidential to help you think through your options in a warm and caring atmosphere.

Schedule an ultrasound

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to know if there is a heartbeat or want to see images of the developing fetus, we provide those free of charge. You can schedule an ultrasound appointment to learn more about gestational age as well as the location of the pregnancy.

Sometimes pregnancies are located outside the uterus and are not viable. They can be life-threatening to you and need to be treated medically right away.

If you are pregnant and have not yet had an ultrasound, schedule yours today.  All of our services are free and confidential.

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