Jump to content
anyone used a doppler? at home.
15 replies to this topic
Posted 21 October 2007 - 06:42 AM
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.
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.
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.
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....
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
Posted 21 October 2007 - 09:52 AM
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.
Posted 21 October 2007 - 10:24 AM
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!!
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! 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.
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)
Edited by tintin78, 21 October 2007 - 03:07 PM.
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.
Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:53 PM
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.
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 *~
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.
Posted 22 October 2007 - 06:49 AM
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.
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.
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.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.
While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?
Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.
As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.
Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.
A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.
You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.
The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?
Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.
Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.
The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.
A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.
A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.
Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.
A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.
A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.
Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.
Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?
I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.
February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.
This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.
Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.
A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.
She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?
With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.
We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.
Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.
If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Win a KitchenAid Mixer
To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.