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can i hear the baby yet ?

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Coreynkayden Sun 26-Feb-17 21:46:39

Hi everyone just wondering how far everyone was when they could hear babys heart beat with a home dopler ? Im 10 weeks smile

mistermagpie Sun 26-Feb-17 22:04:15

I really wouldn't advise getting too reliant on a home Doppler but you probably know this already! A midwife tried to find the heartbeat of my first baby at 11 weeks and couldn't so I would leave it a while longer before you try - I ended up freaking out when she couldn't find it (and at my 12 weeks scan they said she had been stupid to try so early) and I wouldn't want that to happen to you.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sun 26-Feb-17 22:58:00

I agree, I think it's a bad idea. You don't know what you're listening too and there's a risk of scaring yourself, or worse still, giving yourself false reassurance.

GreenGoblin0 Sun 26-Feb-17 22:59:20

midwives don't check until the 16 week appt because it is difficult to find much earlier.

home dopplers really aren't recommended. they can create a false sense of security (you might be listening to your own heartbeat or the placenta, if you hear the babies heartbeat you have no way of knowing whether this is healthy or not) and can cause unnecessary panic if you don't hear anything.

Karmaisabitch Sun 26-Feb-17 23:14:30

Oh no! Don't use the word Doppler on'll be stoned!

I bought one from 12 weeks & it worked fine. Used it until I was 30 weeks.

Coreynkayden Mon 27-Feb-17 09:10:24

Lol i can see from comments that people dont like home dooplers hmm

ellesbellesxxx Mon 27-Feb-17 09:16:31

I think the reason they are not advised is they can cause false panic.. but also false reassurance. Some people have apparently heard the heartbeat via the Doppler and been reassured whereas actually(we are talking later on in pregnancy) it's the movements that are the thing to monitor.

catx1606 Mon 27-Feb-17 09:25:44

They actually have it printed in my annetenatal notes not to use a home dopler for the reason that as untrained professionals we won't know if we are actually listening to the heartbeat and even hearing the heart is not guarantee that it's healthy. They also don't tend to try listening to the heartbeat until 16 weeks because it can be harder to hear it before then. When I first heard the heartbeat at 16 weeks, I asked how they can tell the difference between the pulse of the placenta and the heartbeat and their answer was years if experience. Personally I didn't use one as it would have given me something else to get anxious about

knust Mon 27-Feb-17 10:15:28

I found my third baby's heartbeat with the doppler at 9 weeks. But it took a very long time and was pretty stressful in later weeks when I failed to find it again.

I understand why they're not recommended and can create a lot of stress, panic, or reassure you when you shouldn't be reassured, but I still think they can be helpful if not overused.
I'm now 18 weeks and not feeling much in the way of movement or other pregnancy symptoms so it's helpful to have it to check every now and again.

arbrighton Mon 27-Feb-17 10:46:48

Even at 16 weeks, midwife said to me- do you want to try, we can't always hear it yet but that doesn't mean it isn't there....

I was happy to try, understanding that it might not be audible, but know a lot of women would panic if it couldn't be find. As it was my little bean was loud and clear.

However, that, and the two scans haven't made the situation any more real- maybe labour might convince me....

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