Doppler help needed!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It seems like it’s kind of early — do the instructions say it will work as early as 10w? I went in for my 14w appointment last week, and it took the nurse a good 5+ minutes to find my LO’s heartbeat, and I’m pretty thin. She commented that at 14 weeks, it can still be difficult to find the LO’s heartbeat with the doppler. At 10w they did an ultrasound for it! I wouldn’t stress about it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

At 10 weeks, it will still be extremely hard/nearly impossible to find. My midwife couldn’t find one at 10 weeks, and wasn’t until our 12 week appt that it was found with a little digging around.

I’d wait a week and try again – and remember to look SUPER low. I had the same dopplar and basically had to put the end of the want right on/under my pubic bone to find it. Listen for the little train noise 😉

Good luck – try not to stress too much, it’s still early. It will get easier to find in just a couple of weeks!

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My midwife couldn’t find one at my first prenatal appointment- which was after 11 weeks!  They ended up doing an ultrasound just to make sure there was even anything in there because they got nada-zip-zilch with the doppler.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I couldn’t find mine til 10 weeks either. No worried, you’ll get it. At 10 weeks, it was like, below my underwear. And I had to push so hard I had a small bruise the next day!

Are you using enough gel? Even now at 13 weeks, if I don’t use enough, it is so much harder to find it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@StaceyA:  I 2nd the “start SUPER low” advice. When I got my doppler, I basically started at the very top of my hoo-ha and very slowly moved it back and forth while moving it upwards only a few centimeters at a time upwards. I found the heartbeat after about 5 minutes, and it was way lower than I would have ever imagined. 

Are you using ultrasound jelly or lube? That helps make contact as well and makes it easier to slide around.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ANewMrs:  Honestly, start even lower lol. I had to put mine on the public bone or literally dig UNDER it to hear anything, even at 12+ weeks. You won’t likely find anything more than an inch above your pubic bone, even now at 32 weeks my midwife finds it about half way btwn my belly button and pubic bone.

If you are running out of lube, try clear aloe vera gel – it works just as well and is super cheap 😉

Try taking a few days off and try again, don’t stress about not finding it right away. It is still really early. I also find a lot of people *think* they found it really early but were actually only listening to the blood flowing in/out and not the actual heartbeat. Don’t be discouraged, you’ll find it! Might just need a bit more time.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ANewMrs:  You aren’t late to the game, it takes time & can be frustrating for sure! I’m 15w1d now and now that the baby is bouncing all over the place its getting hard to get and hold the heartbeat. I’d put the doppler away for a couple of weeks and check back later. But I agree with other PP that you should start at the center of your belly button low down by your hair line (and make sure you are using the gel). Hold and wait, if you don’t get a heartbeat, try moving a teeny tiny bit to the left and hold again. I can usually find the babe’s heartbeat after a few minutes and it’s almost always right at my hair line a tad to my left. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My first OB appt at 10 weeks she had to try really hard. She did finally find it but it was really really difficult.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ANewMrs:  You might be hearing your own, or you might just be hearing the blood flowing in/out which is very common. All sorts of fun noises to decipher! Once you hear that little train noise there will be no mistaking it. 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Also, now I usually find the fetal HB by finding my own first, and it’s usually right around there (sometimes I can hear both at the same time). Maybe that’ll help?

 @StaceyA:  It does sound like a train noise!

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