Jump to content

anyone used a doppler? at home.


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 fairyflosser

Posted 21 October 2007 - 06:42 AM

grin.gif Goodmorning! I am 10 weeks preg and my first ultrasound is in 4 weeks time. Im wondering wether anyone here has ever used a doppler at home to hear a heartbeat, and how well they work for everyone. Im a little unsure mainly because i dont want to stress myself if it didnt work!, and mabey i just need to wait for my app, but im getting impatient! Hiring a doppler is cheaper than booking and paying for my own scan privately. Thanks, sarah.

#2 Persnickety_

Posted 21 October 2007 - 07:58 AM

I used one all through my last pg from about 14 weeks and through this one as well (even used it this morning).  I had a m/c at 12 weeks between DD2 and DS and find it very reassuring to have my doppler.

At 10 weeks I'm not sure how well it would work, I know I couldn't find mine until about 14 weeks but I have heard of people finding it a lot earlier.

Rather than hiring I bought one, they have them at a pretty good price on ebay.  It can work out much cheaper to buy one especially if you are early on in the pregnancy and plan on having more than one child.  I used mine during late pg as well especially on slow movement days.

HTH
Jodie

#3 Nut

Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:24 AM

I have one I borrowed off a friend and it's been a godsend. Even yesterday I used it because I couldn't get this lazy little boy to move.

Though in the earlier weeks of pregnancy it's very touch and go as to whether or not you get something on it. I didn't get a proper heartbeat until I was around 14 weeks and there was no guarantee that I could get it every time I checked. There are other sounds you can listen for though that indicate things are OK.

If you do decide to get one let me know and I will pass on a website that has examples.

#4 priscilla01

Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:38 AM

Yeah I bought one from ebay and I couldn't find a heart beat until at least 20 weeks..
If you get one don't get upset and worried if you can't here or find heart beat....

TakeCare


#5 Lyra

Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:46 AM

and be careful because sometimes you'll find your own heartbeat and get worried because the heart rate is too slow LOL
that said, it is very reassuring

#6 zingy

Posted 21 October 2007 - 09:52 AM

Hello

I have hired a doppler from www.firstbeats.com.au and it is fantastic. I got it when I was 13 weeks and could hear heartbeats instantly.

As the bubs are moving now I only need to use it every 3 or 4 days if I start freaking out.

It has cost about $39 per month and it is worth every cent. They post it out to you.

Just remember that the heartbeat is often a lot lower down than you expect and if you move the doppler slowly it is easier to find.

Good luck!

IJS  original.gif

#7 Tealdash

Posted 21 October 2007 - 10:24 AM

Hi!

I brought a doppler from the EB trading room and its been awesome! I recieved it when I was 12 weeks, tried it quickly but gave up, then I think I tried it again at 14 weeks and found bubs heartbeat, then again at 16 weeks it was a lot louder, so DD & DH got to hear it too..I try it every now and again and its getting easier to find...I love it!!

Nic

#8 wahooti~fandango

Posted 21 October 2007 - 11:59 AM

I love mine. I started looking for a heartbeat at 14 weeks but after stressing, I asked on here and realised I was looking too high! blush.gif  tongue.gif I'm 22 weeks now and can feel this little monkey swim around but I still use it every time I feel uncertain (his movements aren't always regular just yet).

I've recently been really sick too so I've just checked on him to make sure I'm not stressing him out too much.

I bought the CHEAP cheap one off ebay, and have a lot of fat on my stomach so I was worried it wouldn't be so great but it's been fabulous so far. Paid for itself many times over.

#9 tintin78

Posted 21 October 2007 - 03:06 PM

I too got a First Beats one @ around 14 weeks. I could find the h/b every time. As the pp has said it is a lot lower down-my dd h/b was always down towards the bottom LHS of my tummy.

I'm going to try to use it when I get to 10weeks this time and see how I go. I know it'll be hit and miss though.

It was an absolute releif to have during my last pg. Especially between the 12w & 19w scan before I felt movement.

Oh & First Beats were so lovely to deal with! I ended up getting it so much cheaper as there was a stuff up with initial delivery!(Not their fault-couriers)

Tina
xo

Edited by tintin78, 21 October 2007 - 03:07 PM.


#10 mars73

Posted 21 October 2007 - 03:32 PM

I bought one for DS2, found it very reassuring. We had an anterior placenta so I didn't feel movement as quickly as with DS1 so hearing the heartbeat really helped.
I have seen them for sale in Kmart too. biggrin.gif

#11 **JODES**

Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:53 PM

Hi,  

I have never used one at home, but intend to this time around.  You can buy them at Kmart in the baby section (with all the wipes, nappies etc) for $49.00.

#12 traceyndave

Posted 21 October 2007 - 05:40 PM

I bought one off Ebay, but I have had NO success with it. I can hear my own heartbeat but not baby - and I'm nearly 24 weeks! I first got it around the 18 week mark.

But I know my little boy is fine - he moves a LOT and I feel him on and off throughout the day - and when I press on my belly at certain times, he pushes back at me. So really - I don't need it any more and I probably should sell it second-hand on Ebay for someone else to get some pleasure from...

Having said all that - I am sure that part of the reason I can't use it with success is that (a) my placenta is anterior (at the front) and also (b) I was a little bit chubby in the belly pre-pregnancy so it probably has to go through a bit more flesh than some ladies...

I hope this helps!

~* Tracey *~

#13 grace0628

Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:22 PM

I bought one also from Kmart beacuse I'm so worried why I haven't felt my baby's movement at 18 weeks. But after using it a few times, I returned it right away. Because due to my Anti-M Antibodies, my OB scheduled my Ultrasound/ scanning every 4 weeks to know my baby's development and to make sure she's okay. I believe, I won't be needing it anymore since I will get to hear my baby's heartbeat and see my baby every 4 weeks on my appointments.

#14 fairyflosser

Posted 22 October 2007 - 06:49 AM

biggrin.gif Thanks everyone, i will check out the kmart one, and first beats, and get one of those. All the tips have been great, i wont stress if i dont get anything right now, keep it, and keep trying.Nut- would love to get the websites for the other things to look out for other than a heartbeat? thanks, sarah.

#15 Persnickety_

Posted 22 October 2007 - 08:51 AM

Nut I would love to see that website, I have always wondered about the other sounds I hear.

#16 tortagianduia

Posted 22 October 2007 - 02:20 PM

I hired one from about 14 weeks.  I think if you tried much earlier than 14 weeks, it would be pretty hard to hear a HB.  At 10 weeks, your uterus is still usually in your pelvis.  Even at 14 weeks, it was sometimes a bit hit and miss.  

Anyway, I have found it a huge comfort when I have felt worried about this little one.  Definitely worth the money.

Amanda




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a copy of 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

 

FREE TICKET

Discover the magic of the LEGOŽ DUPLOŽ Play Area in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.