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Home dopplers and early heartbeat

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Jenjen85 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:25:07

I'm 11 weeks today and thought I'd have a go at trying to find babies heartbeat with the doppler I have was bought for me when pregnant with DD wouldn't have bought one myself and I know it's still early as it says to use from 14 weeks but I managed to find little ones heartbeat after about 5 minutes definitely babies and not mine lol not told my husband yet going to surprise him later. Super excited grin

PotteringAlong Sun 14-Feb-16 18:28:26

Don't. Because if you can't find it you might scare yourself witless for no reason. You are not a medical professional, it's not a professional piece of kit. Here midwives don't even look for it at 16 weeks because it's so hit and miss. Bin it now and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy flowers

Lj8893 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:28:27

Please be really careful using the Doppler and don't use it to reassure yourself. Non-professionals really shouldn't use dopplers as they aren't aware of the signs of a poor heartbeat. There have been horrible stories of women reassuring themselves with dopplers only to find that it wasent the babies heartbeat they were hearing at all sad

Lj8893 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:29:30

In fact, I am extremely surprised you heard a hb at 10 weeks which suggests to me that it wasent a fetal heartbeat at all, and probably your own.

Fluffy24 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:30:05

Oh no this sounds like the route to utter madness to me - you'd go round the twist, I remember sometimes the midwife struggling to find DS's!

spacefrog35 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:34:19

As long as you know the dangers (which you clearly do) and are not intending it as anything other than a little bit of fun/reassurance then enjoy. & congratulations flowers

Lj8893 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:35:34

It's not just about the driving yourself mad trying to find a heartbeat.

It's when you might have a worry about lack of movements so use it and find a heartbeat so don't bother getting checked out by a professional, when actually you haven't found a heartbeat at all, or you have and it's a poorly heartbeat but you don't realise that and don't get help before it's too late.

Please don't use it again, it's so dangerous.

Lj8893 Sun 14-Feb-16 18:35:58

No Space, it must not be used for reassurance!

honeysucklejasmine Sun 14-Feb-16 18:39:34

Noooo, please don't! Even midwives don't routinely listen until 16 weeks. This is the way of madness or potentially dangerous consequences if you use it improperly.

lynholmerpark Sun 14-Feb-16 20:54:53

Echo what others have said OP.

Dopplers should be for professional use only. For example, how will YOU know the difference between a healthy heartbeat and pulsating placental vessels....?

Read this:
www.kickscount.org.uk/mums/your-babys-movements/why-shouldnt-i-use-a-home-doppler/

BatMobile Sun 14-Feb-16 21:01:12

These things should not be available to the general public. Fucking ridiculous.

UterusUterusGhali Mon 15-Feb-16 14:53:05

Please. No.
Just no.

Muskateersmummy Mon 15-Feb-16 14:58:15

I had many issues with my pregnancy but was always advised not to use a home Doppler. Please don't it can worry you unnecessary or worse, lull you into a false sense of security. Once you feel movements that is a much more reliable guide to your baby. If you are concerned at all, contact your mw.

Lj8893 Mon 15-Feb-16 15:54:18

I'm so glad everyone is saying the same as me, I usually get shouted down when I say how dangerous they can be.

sizethree Mon 15-Feb-16 19:54:54

jenjen85 I really hope that you don't feel upset by these posts, or that anyone's halving a pop at you. Huge congratulations on your pregnancy, and it must be very exciting hearing a heartbeat so early. But I agree with other posters that a home doppler is a really bad idea. Please take a moment to have a read of the article on the Count the Kicks website. It's so imperative to understand how dangerous they are.
I had a massively anxious pregnancy (following 3 miscarriages) and was sorely tempted to buy one for reassurance. But was 100% talked around by my midwife as they cause more harm than good.
To be blunt, the heart is the last thing to stop if a baby is in distress, so a Doppler really can't be counted on for reassurance at all.

Jenjen85 Mon 15-Feb-16 20:52:08

Ladies thank you all for your concerns but I'm not stupid. This is DC2 and I would never dream of using it for reassurance. I had to be monitored quite a few times in my first pregnancy due to fast heartbeat/lack/more movement and all were advised by the midwife. Never did I once think to just pick up the doppler and check for myself. It has only ever been used so my husband could have a little listen later on in pregnancy as he never got to hear it at the scans. I didn't even think I'd hear anything but it was 100% babies that I heard yesterday and not my own.

Lj8893 Mon 15-Feb-16 21:02:50

Nobody called you stupid. Even if you don't aim to use it for reassurance, the subconscious can trick you into thinking all is ok because you have heard the heartbeat when in fact all is not ok and without hearing the heartbeat you may have noticed a change in movements or an intuition. That can happen to even the most intelligent or logical person.

I really really hate that those things are for sale to the general public, they should be banned in my opinion. I have seen and heard too many sad stories and "close calls".

JudgeBooby Mon 15-Feb-16 21:10:47

I don't get the fuss, common sense applies when you use them. I have owned one since being pregnant with my second child in 2009. I have always first detected the heartbeat at around the 10 week mark.

There is a very easy way to differentiate between your own heartbeat and the baby's - it is MUCH faster!

Obviously, it's important to track movements later in pregnancy, and not to rely on a doppler, but they are a bit of fun and a good tool to help your partner share and enjoy small moments of the pregnancy with you.

Ignore the hysteria OP, they are not dangerous at all.

Lj8893 Mon 15-Feb-16 21:15:41

It's not hysteria at all. Hcps advise against them for very good reasons, not because they are hysterical.

Yes, a fetal heartbeat is much faster, but do you know how fast is too fast? Or how slow is too slow? Can you hear a variability in the heartbeat? Accelerations? Any decelerations? No probably not. What might sound fine and healthy to you may sound worrying or poorly to a midwife.

JudgeBooby Mon 15-Feb-16 21:22:07

You don't know if it's too fast or too slow, but you wouldn't know that without a doppler either. So what difference does it make?

Your argument assumes that everyone who uses one lacks the common sense to listen to the medical advice, about tracking movement and trusting your own instincts. It is not an either or thing really is it?

Lj8893 Mon 15-Feb-16 21:30:55

Well since medical advice is not to use one if not trained to do so, then yes I do question somebodies ability to listen to medical advice if they use one.

lynholmerpark Mon 15-Feb-16 21:32:50

I think the point Lj8893 was making was that numerous hcp's have found themselves sadly caring for women who've been unintentionally reassured by the use of a home doppler and consequently not sought early medical advice. You are correct that it is not an either or thing but I personally feel they should not be marketed to women at a vulnerable time in their lives as a tool for reassurance. You wouldn't have an ECG machine at home for reassurance would you?

Lj8893 Mon 15-Feb-16 21:34:57

That's exactly is lyn. I have infact cared for women myself in those circumstances. The companies that manufacture and sell those things should be ashamed of themselves.

JudgeBooby Mon 15-Feb-16 21:35:04

I'm 4 months into my 4th pregnancy and have never been told not to use one, despite discussing it openly with a midwife and consultant in the past, so it must depend on who you speak to really. There is enough information out there for people to make their own decisions without others scaremongering.

Lj8893 Mon 15-Feb-16 21:36:12

There is a fine, fine line between using them for fun and unintentially using them for reassurance.

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