I know my post will attract people telling me that having your own Doppler is a bad idea, but I bought one during my first pregnancy and I first found baby's heartbeat at 9 weeks! For me, it really helped my anxiety and I only used it for a few weeks before baby's movements became regular.
My question is this - I'm three stone heavier during this pregnancy than my last so I am fully anticipating that I'll have to wait longer before the Doppler will be able to pick anything up. I weigh 18 stone and am 5'4, which gives me a bmi of 44. Are there any other larger ladies who have used their own Doppler, and when did you first find baby's heartbeat? Thank you.
Are you sure it was the baby's heartbeat. A trained midwife wouldn't attempt to listen to it before 16 weeks and it could be the placenta that your were listening to. It does say in the antenatal notes not to use a home dopler, that they actually advice against pregnant women using one at all.
I got given one second hand by a friend who'd just given birth and I've only used it a few times as I didn't want to become reliant on it when I know it's actually quite unreliable!
At my booking appointment my BMI was 39 and I managed to find the heartbeat for the first time at 14 weeks. I didn't use it at all until after I'd had my 12 week scan and I had enough anxiety without throwing in the fact I may or may not be able to use the Doppler properly.
My midwife said not to put too much faith in it and the 2 times I've had reduced foetal movement (I'm 27+3 now) I've just called the hospital straight away rather than using the Doppler.