Mamas – Did you buy/rent a fetal doppler?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you buy/rent a fetal doppler?
    No, I didn't see the point. : (49 votes)
    67 %
    Yes, I bought/rented one, but I didn't really use it. : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Yes, I bought/rented one and used it. : (8 votes)
    11 %
    I love that thing! : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Mmmmm. Coffee. : (8 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    950 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I don’t think it would really be worth buying one because the stage between dr appts where you get the doppler and when you start to feel the baby kick isn’t that long… however, if you have alot of anxiety about what’s going on in there it would probably be helpful

    Post # 4
    953 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I bought one, and it helped me keep my sanity. It was so nice to have reassurance during the weeks when I couldn’t feel baby. Then when I was feeling her move regularly, on the days that she was not moving as much, it gave me reassurance that she was OK. I loved that thing!

    ETA: I used it at least once a week. Also, my family who couldn’t come to appointments with me (like our parents) loved hearing the heartbeat!


    Post # 5
    3 posts
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I got one and was able to hear around 9-10 weeks. I can pick up the heartbeat easily every time so it doesn’t cause me stress. I probably check in every other day. But I had to go five weeks between my first ultrasound and my second prenatal appointment … and at my first (7w) they didn’t even listen for the HB. So having it has been very reassuring. 

    Post # 6
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Wasn’t worth it to me. My sister borrowed one from her friend and when I was 16 weeks or so (I had already heard the heartbeat on the doppler at the doctors) my brother in law who is a doctor used it on me and couldn’t find a heartbeat. I figured if he couldn’t find it, then I wouldn’t be able to either.

    My baby has been moving tons since 20 weeks or so, so I’ve never had a moment where I needed reassurance.  Plus, my take is that early on when you’d want the reassurance since you can’t feel movement, if you were to lose the baby there is really nothing that can be done to prevent it…

    Post # 8
    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted no, because I didn’t purchase one… but that’s not to say that I don’t see the point of having one.  It’s neat, it’s reassuring, but it’s not necessary.

    Post # 9
    992 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @FloridaGatorBride:  +1 Same here. I got mine at 11 weeks and it saved me a lot of anxiety because everytime I worried something was wrong, I could hear the heartbeat and know he was doing just fine.

    I bought this one. It was pretty cheap and worked great. I’ve sinced passed it on to 4 pregnant friends and its worked well for them too. 

    Post # 10
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I rented mine and I loved being able to hear her heartbeat every day. I  forgot where I got mines though, I gave birth 6 years ago. 

    Post # 11
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I bought mine on ebay for $50, and used it almost several times a week, weeks 8 through 15 (especially after a scare in week 7). It really helped with my anxiety and was a sweet ritual to have, and will probably let friends borrow it and use it for my next pregnancy (if there is one), so I’d say it’s worth it for me.

    Post # 12
    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

     I really think it was the only thing that saved me from going crazy.  I had a missed miscarriage last March, I was 14 weeks along at the time that we found out there was no heartbeat.  Needless to say I was scared of everything this time around.  I am currently 36 weeks and the doppler gave me such a piece of mind between 10 weeks and 20 weeks up to when I started to feel the lil meatball moving.

    I used to listen every night, even took it on a businees trip with me.  I wasn’t obessed with it, but it definitely reassured me and took some of the stress away.  I loved hearing the change in the heartbeat as the LO grew bigger.  I havn’t used it in quite awhile, I get all the assurance I need, just ask my ribs how they feel!

    Post # 13
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  I think for some people it could be reassuring, but, for me, I would have gone bat shit crazy with it. My doctor herself had a hard time finding a heart beat with her doppler. I couldn’t imagine sitting at home at 11 weeks and not being able to find it because I’m inexperienced, so I skipped on it. I just trusted my instincts and my appointments to know if he was there or not.

    Post # 14
    1752 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think I would be one of the people who take it too far and obsess.  Plus I have an anterior placenta and therefore makes the dopplar harder to use.  I opted out.

    Post # 15
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I had so many appts in the first weeks before I could feel baby that I decided against it because I thought if I couldn’t find it I’d stress out. I guess it depends on what I kind of person you are. Will you stress more if you can’t find it or just try again later Without thinking about it?

    Post # 16
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Mrs.LemonDrop:  It was the single best $60 I ever spent on my pregnancy.  With my first pregnancy I was considered semi high risk and I was really nervous (my mom had miscarriages).  It was SO reassuring to be able hear the baby’s heartbeat when I needed to.  When I was later in my pregnancy and my baby didn’t “bump properly” I could listen to the heartbeat and feel so much better!  This is my second pregnancy and we have not used the doppler as often because I felt the kicks so much earlier this time, but it was awesome to be able to find the heartbeat at 10 weeks (2 weeks before my appt).  You just have to make sure to 1. not get obsessed with it and use it for like two hours a day, 2. don’t get upset if you cannot find the heartbeat right away, it takes practice, and 3.  have fun!

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