When we first discovered we were pregnant again, we were a nervous wreck. Living day to day not knowing how the pregnancy was progressing (if it was progressing) and unsure if this baby would survive was one of the most stressful things we went through. I decided to research either purchasing or renting a home ultrasound machine (I know, it sounds crazy but that’s how desperate we were. Btw, they’re insanely expensive.) and during my hunt I came across fetal dopplers. Let me tell you, this little machine was the best thing we have ever purchased.
I ordered the Sonoline B Fetal Doppler because it was the most popular and reliable one. And it was only $40! Seriously, this thing has given us so much peace of mind. We’ve been listening to the baby’s heartbeat every night before bed since I was 10 weeks along. I also use it after I have a photoshoot or if I’ve been spotting or feeling crampy. It’s made going to a doctor’s appointment a lot less anxiety ridden and most importantly has allowed to me relax and enjoy this pregnancy.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s very easy and simple to use. I made a little video to show you how to use the fetal doppler as well as some tips and advice. And you get to hear Baby Boy’s heartbeat!
- I do recommend waiting until you’re at least 12 weeks to start using this. I got the doppler when I was around 9-10 weeks and many times I couldn’t even find the heartbeat. If you know you’re going to easily freak out, just wait.
- Until your uterus moves higher up in your belly, the baby will be located close to your pelvic area so look for the heartbeat down there.
- If you’re having difficulties locating the heartbeat, take a break and come back to it. Walk around, drink water, eat something, or use the restroom if you need to. For me, the doppler worked best when I had an empty bladder.
- Don’t spend too much time using the doppler. Some say it’s bad for the baby and some say it doesn’t affect them (there are no conclusive studies out there yet). To be safe, I wouldn’t use it for more than 5 minutes, 10 at the most. As you get further along, it’ll be a lot easier to use. I’m 21 weeks now and it takes me seconds to find Baby Boy’s heartbeat and then I shut it off.
- Use tiny movements to move the wand around. It’s extremely sensitive and the smallest move will pick up different sounds. Even tilting it around helps a lot.
Like I mentioned, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this pregnancy and have a little peace of mind without this doppler. And it’s really nice to go to bed after listening to your baby’s heartbeat. Sweet dreams, indeed. ;)
(If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and I’ll be happy to answer them!)