What you should avoid when using fetal heart monitors

If you ever heard "doppler" or "baby heartbeat monitor", they are the same meaning as you see in the title.

Since the late 1950s, these handheld devices, which uses sound waves, have been used to allow us to detect babies’ heartbeats inside the womb.

Using them is very easy, while they are pretty safe since sound amplifiers are PDA approved. Browse one of our product to view exactly how to use it if you have questions. What's more, renting amplifier cost you double or triple the price you purchase from our store.

Safe to use, easy to handle, quick to draw conclusions... how come anything would go wrong? However, there is indeed possibilities of depression if you did not follow any professional suggestions. Following are 4 notes that you may need to avoid.

1. Can't tell False Alarms

If you’re used to using your doppler each day to listen in on what your little one is up to, you could get a shock if you tune in one day to find the volume turned off!

If you cannot find your baby’s heartbeat it will understandably send you into a panic.

There could be lots of reasons why you cannot find the heartbeat yourself which don’t necessarily mean anything is wrong.

This can lead to hoards of pregnant ladies rushing to their doctors unnecessarily, when actually there are much better ways for moms to monitor if all is well.

2. Becoming obsessed

It is possible that you can hear noting when you put monitor on your belly, but it's not your fault! Your baby may have switched position, or you just did not use it properly as I mentioned above.

You don’t need that added stress on top of everything else that pregnancy is throwing at you!

3. Rest assured

You might keep your mind in ease, use dopplers instead of see doctors and check your baby status.

Trained midwives and doctors will know what the heartbeat of your baby should be sounding like depending on their current gestational age.

Misunderstanding what we hear on at-home dopplers could delay our visit to the hospital which could have devastating consequences.

Let’s put it this way: if you thought someone was having a stroke, you would not delay calling an ambulance simply because you could still feel their pulse!

It’s always best to be assessed by a qualified professional.

4. Have no idea when baby movement can be observed

Typically, baby’s heart begins to beat at the end of the 5th week.

The heart rate starts at the same rate as the mother’s: about 80-85 beats per minute (BPM). It will then increase by about 3 beats per minute per day during that first month. By 9 weeks it’s likely to be around 175bpm!

You can expect to start feeling you baby move anytime from about 16 to 22 weeks.

Second-time moms are likely to feel their baby a little sooner than first-time moms.

If you haven’t felt anything by 22 weeks, don’t panic! Just give your doctor or midwife a call so they can put your mind at rest.

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