So lots of mixed reviews on this sort of thing. It's not something I'd ever thought to ever buy.. However I have just been offered one for free by a friend.. Now do I accept it or politely say no thanks. Some people day how lovely they are. Other say can cause unnecessary worry. And as I've said before I don't tend t to worry or get paranoid as never had a situation where I would. But the again this possibly could?
I used one before I could feel her move, I had crazy pregnancy anxiety, it really helped calm the panic attacks even if it wasn't the heartbeat I could hear etc. I stopped using it once I could feel her and just relied on movements (I got induced due to reduced movements and never used it once).
My midwife advised against it. She said there were instances of people thinking they'd picked up the heartbeat and assuming things were ok when the baby had died. I'd leave it to the professionals. If you get worried about your baby speak to the midwife x
I got offered one by a friend and turned it down straight away. I think most healthcare professionals are against home use as it causes more worry than reassurance. I agree with a previous poster, if you're worried about baby the midwives would rather you contact them directly
I am going to admit I loved mine. But I think I would say don't go for it. There is new talk of them being banned. Also I think you can be reassured because heartbeat sounds OK and we are not the experts.
Not trying to frighten you but think I wouldn't knowing now that I could have put baby at risk.
I was unsure, like you, and in the end decided to buy Angel Sounds for £50 as I had heard good and bad reviews.
I was so excited to hear the heartbeat (I was 12 weeks, and instructions said I would find the heartbeat at this stage) I spent the whole weekend trying to find the heartbeat. I couldn't find it at all. Ended up having a huge breakdown, crying my eyes out, convincing myself something had happened and almost booked another private scan just to put my mind at rest.
I had my scan booked in for the Wed luckily, and thank god, the heartbeat was strong.
Turns out I have a curved womb, and so chances of getting the heartbeat on a doppler was close to impossible. They advised me at the hospital to throw it away, as they cause so much worry and stress. She said it can be very difficult to find the heartbeat if untrained, and this is why they strongly recommend not to get one.
My advise would be listen to the Midwifes, and DO NOT buy one. It honestly caused me the most upsetting and stressful weekend of my life!!