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user1474319850 Sun 25-Dec-16 18:38:45

We tried a iphone doppler thing to check the babys heart beat jusy for fun but there was nothing, everything was fine last week at the midwives appointment but should i be worried? There was good reviews on the app thats why we bought it, i have felt him move today and i know im being silly but should i worry? Im going on 22 weeks

Haggisfish Sun 25-Dec-16 18:41:34

Get it checked but I'm sure it's fine it's very hard to use Doppler correctly which is why it's discouraged to use them yourself. I'm sure baby is fine. Please don't use one again.

RandomMess Sun 25-Dec-16 18:42:01

22 weeks is early to feel regular movements. It is advised NOT to use home dopplers as they can give false reassurance.

VimFuego101 Sun 25-Dec-16 18:43:04

You're not even supposed to use real Dopplers at home, so I would steer clear of using an iPhone app.

PossumInAPearTree Sun 25-Dec-16 18:44:32

How can an app give your phone ultrasound powers? Is this actually a real thing?

PossumInAPearTree Sun 25-Dec-16 18:46:38

Ok I've googled. It's not an ultrasound Doppler like a handheld one. It just uses the iphones mic to try and pick the hb up and amplify it. So I suspect it's a load of utter shit.

PossumInAPearTree Sun 25-Dec-16 18:47:18

So no, I wouldn't worry.

CashelGirl Sun 25-Dec-16 18:48:39

I have been a midwife for over 10 years and there are times I struggle to find a heartbeat in a teeny 22 week bump, and that is with a hospital grade pregnancy Sonicaid. I have no idea how an app would even work! Are you feeling your baby move yet? That is your best indication of how well the baby is. Xx

gunting Sun 25-Dec-16 18:49:40

Apps like this usually do fake reviews to get people to spend money on them when they don't work

KittyandTeal Sun 25-Dec-16 18:56:44

Please don't use these things. It's so, so dangerous. Even actual medical dopplers that pick up the baby's heartbeat are dangerous.

Just because you can hear your baby's heartbeat it doesn't mean they are ok! Please look at the count the kick campaign and stop using the app.

If your baby's movements have changed or reduced then all your midwife, otherwise your baby is probably absolutely fine.

SaltedCaramelEverything Sun 25-Dec-16 19:01:48

They are real crap honestly!! My DH was determined to try and we heard a noise that could be like a heart at like 10 weeks - way too early obviously so I knew it was rubbish. But on my own actual heart we couldn't hear anything but could on DH. Honestly just delete the app!!

MouseLove Sun 25-Dec-16 19:48:08

Read the info for your iPhone app. Those things are really only recommended for the last few weeks of pregnancy and not to be taken seriously. I think you've worried yourself unnecessarily. I'm sure you're absolutely fine!!

Kelsey28 Sun 25-Dec-16 20:47:34

Sorry to hijack this post, but would people not recommend buying a dopple whatsoever? I was going to buy one with some Christmas money but is that a bad idea?

honeysucklejasmine Sun 25-Dec-16 20:49:40

Very bad idea. People come in for monitoring when it's not necessary, or worse, don't when they should.

blahblahblah2000 Sun 25-Dec-16 21:15:52

You need to get checked by a midwife, unfortunately sometimes a Doppler app used on a phone reassures people and they don't seek help, when there is serious issues.

PossumInAPearTree Sun 25-Dec-16 21:20:33

Why does she need to get checked? She's felt the baby move today. A crap unfit app doesn't work. Until that happened the OP had no concerns.

Kelsey, I've known more than one woman have an IUD as they were worried about movement, checked the hb with a Doppler and heard it so didn't seek assistance. I've also seen hysterical women come to the hospital when they couldn't find a hb and baby was fine, so a lot of stress for no reason.

Haggisfish Sun 25-Dec-16 21:21:48

Honestly the dopplers are quite difficult to use. You get worried if you can't find heartbeat and sometimes give false reassurance because you listen to the wrong thing. Movement monitoring app
Much better idea.

raviolidreaming Sun 25-Dec-16 22:09:38

kelsey - this explains it quite well:

KittyandTeal Mon 26-Dec-16 07:58:20

I've had 3 pregnancies, 2 of which got far enough for the midwife to check the heartbeat. In both, until close to 30weeks, the midwife had to do a bit of rummaging to wiggling to get it. The first few times, in excitement, I remember saying 'oh there it is!' And being told actually what I was hearing was the blood flowing through the umbilical cord.

They are really not recommended, too many women having reduced movements, finding a heartbeat and thinking all is ok and not seeking help.

If you want to spent your Christmas money on something how about one of the CTK count wrist bands, you click it up with each click and soon get to recognise your babies own pattern of movement.

sallysparrow157 Mon 26-Dec-16 08:25:58

I downloaded one of these apps once. I wasn't pregnant. It detected a heart rate when I held it over my abdomen. Also when I held it against my foot. And when I held it against the duvet. They're a load of bollocks

catx1606 Mon 26-Dec-16 08:47:39

I had the same thing kittyandteal. I would ask if it was the baby's heartbeat, only to be told that it was the pulse of the cord. It took quite a bit of wriggling for them to find his heartbeat. Now they find it easily (I'm 31+3) they advise against using one in my antenatal notes. The midwifes would rather a pregnant woman focuses on their baby's movements rather than trying to find the heartbeat as the heartbeat shows no indication of ill health whereas reduced movement can be an indicator.

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