Post # 1
I heard a really great idea the other day on an episode of Pregtastic that deal with managing fears.
A few women said that they rented a doppler! It is only $30-$40 a month…and when you are in your first 25ish weeks…you only go to the OB once a month.
I think it sounds like a great idea for people, who like me, worry a lot.
One woman said it became her nightly routine. She would go into the bedroom and listen to the heartbeat.
Just wanted to tell others about this. I’m sure many people don’t need this level of reassurance, but if you are anything like me, this might be a great idea! 🙂
I am not sure how long you have to wait to be able to hear the heartbeat. I am only 7 weeks, so it’s too early. But a little further along and I think I will be renting myself a doppler
Post # 3
I think someone else posted about this recently too! It is a very cool idea! But, I think a poster said that it wasn’t recommended, as sometimes it takes a professional to find the heartbeat – nothing would be scarier that not finding it at night, just because you weren’t doing something right!
Post # 4
i’m definitely planning to get one in a few weeks (usually you can’t hear anything until 12-14 weeks). however, i wouldn’t rent it. they are cheap enough to buy and then you have it your whole pregnancy and any future pregnancies.
i heard the most good things about Sonoline B – you can get a new one on ebay for like $60ish http://cgi.ebay.com/Sonoline-B-Fetal-heart-doppler-Backlight-LCD-3mhz-FDA-/310254823134?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item483ca0e6de
Post # 5
I know some of my co-workers (NICU nurses) have borrowed the spare doppler from Labour and Delivery early on in their pregnancy. I have been told that once you know where to find the heartbeat (have your doctor show you) that it is easy to find, just keep that spot in mind. The place where you find the heartbeat doesn’t change much from day to day. The girls that I know that borrowed the spare doppler, only used it a half dozen times before they felt like they didn’t need it anymore.
Post # 6
Is there any risk of doing this too frequently?
Post # 7
If you know someone with an extra stethoscope those can work too but they’re a bit more fuzzy sounding than the doppler. I’ve been able to hear our little girls heartbeat since 16 weeks and I go and check on her if she’s being too quiet.
Post # 8
@SecretName: I really can’t imagine they would give something to pregnant women that’s not safe. I mean…it’s MADE for pregnant women, so I would assume that it’s safe. If just uses sound saved…not radiation or anything
Post # 9
I went in for my 16 week apt. and they had trouble finding the heartbeat. They said the baby was still pretty small, and probably moved to another place when they poked around where it was.
I thought about getting a doppler too, but then realized that if I couldn’t find the heartbeat I would just freak out even more.
Post # 10
I talked to my High Risk Doctor about this. He said, even though I have one Angel Baby, that getting a doppler is a horrible idea because it makes parents freak out more. He’s never seen parents get a doppler and not freak out at some point.
Post # 11
I got one – although mine was $22 a month (from Heartones) and I only really used it for 2 months.
Definitely rent don’t buy. It was nice to have for weeks 12-20 before I could feel any movement. Before then it can be difficult to find the heartbeat and after that point I could feel the the baby moving so I didn’t really need reassurance.
I never freaked out. I think you have to go into it with certain expectations knowing that you may have difficulty always finding the heartbeat when the baby is small and don’t call the doctor unless your having weird symptoms.
For me, once I was able to find it I was able to locate it everytime – but the first time it took forever (it was just above my pubic bone facing up into my stomach, which felt really low). If you pay attention during your doctor’s appointment it’ll give you a better idea of where to place the doppler.
Post # 12
@spraguebride: I guess I was wondering because I heard you had to get these from a medical supply store. You can’t buy them on amazon anymore.
Post # 13
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@SecretName: I’ve heard that it’s not 100% safe too, but I’m thinking it’s just a sort of suggestion, not anything clinically proven. Just like they say too many sonograms aren’t safe, but I never see any studies cited backing that sort of info up.
I’m just worried that I wouldn’t find it and start freaking out! I really like the stethoscope idea. Not as sensitive, but hey, at least you know it’s going to be pretty hit or miss.