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Great product for the money, does what it says on the tin - allows you to hear your babies heartbeat
on 4 August 2014
I purchased this product when I was 14 weeks pregnant because I was anxious about the (seemingly) huge stretches of time between scans and midwife visits in the first 20 weeks or so. I wanted to hear my babies heartbeat a) because it's a wonderful thing for myself and my husband to hear and b) to occasionally reassure myself that my baby wasn't dead (I'm prone to the odd moment of paranoid morbid panic).
I'm now 20 weeks, have had all my scans relaxed into my pregnancy and am much less anxious. I am really happy with this product and used it about once or twice a week during the earlier anxious period. I'm sure I will continue to use it every so often throughout the rest of my pregnancy. It does exactly what it says on the tin and is a cheap and accessible way to hear your babies heartbeat. NB - I could not understand how to use the record sound feature as the instructions weren't clear and I'd no interest in doing so anyway.
Usage Advice - The doppler arrived quickly and is simple to use. First open the battery casing and connect the battery provided. Plug in the headphones provided and switch on the volume dial quite high. Use plenty of gel. Keep the whole of the round flat part connected to your skin. Move the doppler around your belly slowly, trying different angles. You will hear lots of white noise & squiggles. You'll probably hear the repeated 'whoosh, whoosh, whoosh' of your uterine artery which is pumping blood into your uterus. This sound will be like the pace of your own heartbeat (for me about 70 beats/whooshes per min). What you are looking for is a similar repeated beat/whoosh sound that is much faster...for me about double the speed (160 odd). You may well hear both at once...i.e your own blood whooshing plus the much much faster sound of your babies heart whooshing. When I hear the faster whoosing/galloping I move the doppler to try and hone in on that sound...usually as I get closer to the source I hear the clearer knocking sound of my babies heartbeat. At my 16 week midwife appointment she used a doppler to listen to the heartbeat and the sound was exactly the same that I'd picked up on the doppler at home, which reassured me that what I'd thought was my babies heartbeat actually was.
1. Do not use this product to try and determine if your baby is healthy and that everything is normal. Only the appropriate trained medical care professionals can tell you that. Remember that you are not trained to use this equipment. You do not know if what you are hearing is usual/unusual so do not make any assumptions.
2. A note on using your own earphones - having read the reviews about the poor quality of the earphones provided with the Doppler I thought I'd start off using my own iphone earphones. I got no sound at all. As soon as a plugged in the earphones that came with the Doppler I got the sound just fine.
3. Be patient - You may not locate your babies heartbeat straight away, sometimes it takes ages to find. Baby is moving around so the heartbeat will be in different places at different times.