(Closed) Fetal Doppler

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would hesitate in buying a doppler and using it a lot. There are concerns that using a doppler a lot can heat up the baby due to the high frequency waves. They’re more intense than ultrasound.

Just thought I’d throw that tidbit out there.

Post # 5
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Heat up the baby? Wow! Never heard of that.

I use a Sonoline B Doppler and i love that thing. I asked my doctor before i got it and she said its absolutely safe to use. She said it wasnt much of a concern because its sound waves. I started using it at 9 weeks and i’m currently 15 weeks and still use it almost daily.

Hope This Helps.

Post # 6
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

I too haven’t heard of it heating up the baby, lol. But I have heard, there is a study showing that sound waves from the doppler/frequent ultrasounds may contribute to frequent ear infections throughout infancy as it may affect the development of them. May be all crap, but who knows!

Post # 7
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

One of my friends had one, she hated it.

It’s hard to find the heartbeat if you aren’t specifically trained to do so and have lots of practice. She said all it did was frustrate her and make her worry when it took a while to find the heartbeat.

Post # 8
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have the Sonoline B and I really like it. I got it at 9w and was able to find the hb pretty quickly, but I had a hard time finding it later that week and it did kind of freak me out. I put it away until I was 11w, and by that time, I was able to find the heartbeat very easily. I’m currently 18w and can feel the baby move, so I don’t feel the need to use it as often. However, it did provide me with a great deal of peace of mind between 11-18w, so for me, it was worth it. Plus, I have some awesome recordings of baby’s heartbeat. My doctor said it’s safe, but I try to use it as little as possible… I probably use it 3-4x/week for 1-3minutes at a time… just long enough to hear the heartbeat, then I’m done!  

Post # 9
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a Sonoline B.  It is awesome.  According to my research and multiple doctors it is perfectly safe as long as you do not get obsessive with it.  And by obsessive I mean doing it for like 3 hours a day or freaking out if you do not find the heart beat asap every time (if your blood pressure rises because you are upset, this could “heat you and baby up” but very very slightly).

It is sometimes difficult to find the heartbeat before 12-13 weeks, especially if you have a tilter uterus or an anterior placenta.  Also, prior to that time, the baby is usually behind your pelvic bone.  After that point, it might take a little time to find it, but it’s usually not that hard.  You place the doopler with plenty of gel or baby oil nice and low on your stomach (until like 18 weeks, then you go higher) and listen for a cavernuous type sound, when you hear that, start tilting the doppler slightly and you should find baby pretty quickly.  You might also pick up your own heart beat, they will sound very different.  A good test is to try to find yours and then try to find baby’s.  There are lots of good videos on youtube to show this off.

I have an anterior placenta and the doctor could not find my baby’s heartbeat at my 11 weeks visit (we’d see it on ultrasound though), but I had a Doppler at home and I was able to find it the next day.  It took a while for me to feel baby kicking because of the placenta as well, so I was very glad to have the Doppler to let me know that my little man is doing just fine.  It’s not for everyone, but I personally love love love it.  It was around $60 for a brand new one and I am sure you can find one on ebay for cheaper.  My husband was wary of my purchase at first, but after seeing how much calmer it makes me and how fun it is to listen to baby, he says it is our best purchase to date. 

Hope this helps!  Good luck with your decision!

Post # 10
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have a Baby Sounds B  with LCD and I really like it. I don’t feel that it takes a rocket scientist to use correctly, and it was more affordable than the Sonoline. I’ve also heard of the ultrasound energy being converted to heat in utero before online (never from a doctor), but only as it relates to ultrasounds. 

Post # 12
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have the Sonoline B and it worked great for me, I didn’t have trouble using it but I watched a youtube video on it, that really helped.

Post # 13
1434 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@urchin:  Actually I brought my doppler into my doctor’s office and she loved it and said it doesn’t cause harm because my baby was around 12-13 weeks when I got mine. I’ve heard NO DOPPLER (even the DR’s) is good for use multiple times a week before the 8w mark. 

I got Sololine B….I loved it.


Post # 14
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2004

I have the sonoline b fetal doppler. I used it during both of my pregnancies and could hear the heart beat with it at 10 weeks and on. I found it incredibly reassuring and didn’t have any problem locating the heart beat with either of my kids after 10 weeks. I think I paid about $75 for it.

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