(Closed) Anyone buy a fetal doppler?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did; I bought it off ebay (I’d had a previous m/c so I was worried from the start) and loved it.  I could come home at the end of a day at work and just listen.  Was able to hear hb with it around 9-10 wks.  Best part is I sold it on ebay after I had my son for only $5 less than I paid for it!  For a net of $5, more than worth it.  You just have to be patient in the beginning b/c it takes a little while to get good at finding the hb!

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

While some people do this, it isn’t encouraged.  I don’t think anyone is sure how the sound of the probe affects the babies (we do know they don’t like it).  And it doesn’t serve any medical purpose.  I know some people are still going to do it… but I don’t think any MD would recommend it.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What’s next- buying your own ultrasound? I just see no reason to expose the baby to anything unnecessary. Women have delivered healthy babies for thousands of years without this extra intervention.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I will add that I hardly used it after I started feeling consistent movement around 18-20wks.  And in the “for what it’s worth” category, my son is uber healthy.  🙂

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have to agree, I don’t see the need for one. If you are really worried go see your doctor!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I didn’t because they didn’t exist at the time:)  But I wouldn’t buy one today now that they are available-it might even give me more anxiety if I didn’t use it right or God forbid, nothing showed up and I ran screaming to the doctor.  It’s totally normal to get anxiety and want to “see” what’s going on in there.  I couldn’t wait for my ultrasound appointments either.

As a PP pointed out, once you feel movement more regularly you can relax a little.  But when I was about 6-7 months pregnant and I hadn’t felt movement for a while, I would lie on back (like you’re supposed to) and wait for a few minutes.  If I still couldn’t feel anything, I would give my belly a shake and wake him up.  I felt horrible about ruining his sleep but relieved at the same time:)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I borrowed one but just used it every now and then… I have read a few articles saying that they aren’t good to have on a lot.   It made me nervous, especially when I saw how little the midwifes I worked with used them.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know how you feel. I am feeling better and better every day with less and less symptoms. But this is completely normal. I am for the less exposure the better. The unpleasant truth is that if something is going to happen it will and most likely your body will make you aware of it. Good news is that you are out of the phase where things are most likely to go wrong. I think you will feel even better in a few weeks when you really start to see your lil belly grow.

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