(Closed) home doppler

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: home doppler?
    worth it - i used it! : (9 votes)
    50 %
    bought it, wasnt worth it. : (2 votes)
    11 %
    thinking i want one as well! : (7 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 3
    973 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I haven’t used one but a guy I work with bought one for his newly pregnant wife for her birthday a while back (she wanted one).  He’s said many times how awesome it was to have it and that they really enjoyed it.

    Post # 4
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee

    I did think of getting one, but decided to save my money. I first heard my baby’s heartbeat in the OB office at 8 weeks, and I hear it every 4 weeks at my appointments. If I didn’t hear it at that 8wk appointment, or if my symptoms all seemed to disappear, I may have decided to buy/rent one though just for peace of mind. 

    Post # 5
    4583 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve used one and it’s cool, but it was given to me by a coworker who didn’t need it anymore. I would never buy one myself, plenty of better things to spend money on when I know I’m going to hear the heartbeat at my monthly OB appointments anyway. Just my opinion.

    Post # 6
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Thought about it, buy didn’t buy one. One of my friends told me she had bought one, all it caused her was frustration and worry when she had a hard time finding the heartbeat.

    Post # 7
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I loved mine. I bought mine at about 9 weeks and used it once a week, once you have found the heartbeat one it’s pretty easy to find it again, the baby at that stage doesn’t generally move around a hell of a lot. We stopped using it once the baby started moving. It kept me sane, otherwise I would have stressed the whole time between doc appointments.

    Post # 8
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Put the money in a 529 college fund instead. You’re going to get to hear the heartbeat often yourself!

    Post # 9
    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I’m convinced it would’ve made me a paranoid, neurotic pregnant woman to have had my own… plus, once you are going to the OB every other week or every week and all he/she is doing is making you pee in a cup, weighing you, measuring you belly, and listening for the heartbeat, that heartbeat part makes you glad you went to the stupid useless apoointment anyway.

    ETA: Also, no one is really sure if ultrasounds and dopplers are safe for the fetus, so really those procedures should be kept to a minimum. Studies are being conducted, but as yet, there’s no conclusive evidence one way or the other.

    Post # 10
    6473 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

    I am a home doppler user. I bought one early, but didn’t hear the heartbeat until around 11-13 weeks clearly. I’m not kidding you… that thing saved my life in the early days. Hubby was abroad for work, I was only seeing the OB and getting to hear the heartbeat ‘officially’ every 4-5 weeks – so when I wasn’t feeling movements, it was the most reassuring thing to tune in for a few seconds, hear her heartbeat, and calm down.

    I never used it for long amounts of time, and now that I’m nearly 22 weeks and feeling more soft movements, I barely use it. But definitely kept me sane in those ‘in between’ weeks.

    Post # 11
    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I bought the Sonoline B and used it probably every other day from 9 weeks until 20 weeks. Just for a minute or two, long enough to reassure me. It wa totally worth it for my peace of mind. I will say that I didn’t use it at all once I could feel the baby moving all the time.

    Post # 12
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’ve considered it, because at 24 weeks I still don’t feel much movement (anterior placenta) and that makes me paranoid, but I probably won’t buy one.  My doctor does not recommend home dopplers because they can cause needless anxiety if you have a hard time finding the heartbeat.  

    Post # 13
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I used mine from about 10wks until I started feeling regular movement.  I had a m/c right before I got pregnant with my son and I was a pretty paranoid pregnant lady.  The doppler really helped reassure me in between OB visits.  I didn’t use it every day, or even for more than 30 seconds at a time, but it helped.  I bought mine used on ebay and then sold it after the fact for $10 less than I paid for it, so for a net investment of $10, it was worth it.

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