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Women who use a fetal doppler at home say that they wish to monitor their baby’s well-being and to reassure themselves that the baby is alive. This can be particularly desirable in the early weeks before the baby’s kicks can be felt. Mothers who have experienced previous miscarriage or stillbirth may also be drawn to the perceived reassurance that a fetal doppler.

A home fetal doppler can’t be used in place of a doctor’s appointment. In other words, they’re meant to be used in between visits to the doctor, not instead of visits to the doctor. One of the. A fetal Doppler device uses ultrasound waves to detect the fetus’ heartbeat.

A healthy heartbeat in the early weeks is associated with a significantly lower likelihood of pregnancy loss. While many. What exactly is a fetal Doppler?

Fetal Doppler heartbeat monitors work just like the ultrasound technology used in your doctor’s office, but they have a lower intensity, explains Ori Nevo, an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancy care and co-director of the Toronto Centre for Early Fetal Ultrasound at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. These types of. They are safe to use but the concern is that women don’t know how to use them properly and think they hear the babies heartbeat when it’s really the placenta or their own pulse, they just don’t want you to use it if your worried about the baby, best to go see the doctor or midwife and not rely too heavily on the Doppler. At that moment you are reassured that everything is okay with your baby.

This fetal doppler is a handheld ultrasound transducer that utilizes soundwaves to measure wavelenths and transmit them back as sound a simulation of your baby’s heartbeat. Some dopplers also produce a fetal heart rate display while others must be counted by the user. The baby’s position in the womb may be making it difficult for the doppler to pick up the sound. Not finding or hearing the baby’s heartbeat is a common complaint by moms who use fetal dopplers at home.

It becomes another cause of worry or unnecessary panic. ADVERTISEMENT CONTINUE READING BELOW. It’s not a good idea.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that a handheld Doppler “should only be used when there’s a medical need and only by, or under the supervision of, a healthcare professional.” For example, your practitioner will use a Doppler to listen to your baby’s heartbeat during your prenatal appointments. No, you should never use a HOME fetal doppler. There are increasing reports of mommas loosing babies because they used a doppler and thought that everything was fine when really they should have gone to see their healthcare professional. Here’s why you should avoid using a fetal doppler.

“Fetal Dopplers are safe when used and interpreted by a health care provider, such as a nurse, midwife or physician,” Chanchani says. “They provide real-time information about whether the heart rate of a baby is normal. The risk of using fetal Dopplers at home is not in the technology. The risk is in misinterpreting the fetal heart rate.”.

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Doppler monitors are so inexpensive and easy to use that they are now marketed as rentals for home use, though there are serious questions about the safety of frequent use, especially during the first trimester.

“The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America” by Lara Freidenfelds
from The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America
by Lara Freidenfelds
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2020

Doppler heartbeat monitors are likely safe but should not be used at home unless recommended by your doctor.

“Brain Health From Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year” by Rebecca Fett
from Brain Health From Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year
by Rebecca Fett
Franklin Fox Publishing LLC, 2019

It is important to note that spectral Doppler may be used in late pregnancy, whereas it is generally contraindicated in first trimester due to the theoretical risk of heat production in developing organs.

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A Doppler is commonly used throughout pregnancy, as it is more convenient and allows the pregnant woman to hear the FHR.

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I used the Doppler once around Week 12 but stuck with the fetoscope for the remainder of my pregnancy.

“The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Genevieve Howland
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Doppler velocimetry is not beneficial in monitoring the post-term fetus and is not recommended.

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o There is no benefit in using Doppler velocimetry in situations other than fetal growth restriction.

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Doppler is a type of ultrasound and it has not been proven safe in any evidence-based research.

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However, the use of Doppler in early pregnancy should be limited in time and performed only in high-risk cases.

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Doppler auscultation of fetal heart tones is sufficient for previable pregnancies (>12 weeks’ gestation).

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  • Okay but she didn’t say that using it harms the baby. She just explained how user error can either have the mom to worry or can reassure the mom when something can still be wrong. So in other words. The device does not hurt the baby. Period.

  • Just FYI (: she did make another video if you keep scrolling on the search results. Says theres are NO complications caused by at home fetal dopplers (: ya welcome ❤

  • other than the stress part of it is it okay too use the Doppler at home if so how much can you use it? I was reading mixed comments on the internet saying it’s safe then others saying it could cause problems with the baby

  • I went against this video and bought the sonoline b Doppler for $40 on babydoppler.com and I love it! Just don’t freak out if it takes a minute to find them especially if you’re around 9 weeks, it can be difficult. I’m 18 weeks and it still takes me a minute to find it. Just be patient and try again at a different time if it’s not working for you at that moment. It’s really reassuring for me after I went through a late miscarriage. I would rather not be caught off guard again or be nervous about my next Dr. appointment. I disagree with her. Use your best judgment.

  • Wow this is soo cool. I am also 9 weeks at the moment and looking forward to buying a dopper to hear my baby! Thanks for showing us in detail!

  • I think what we were wanting to know is if the sound waves these devices emit are safe to the developing baby. Home units are never a substitution for actual medical-grade equipment and trained personnel operating them. But from an entertainment perspective, is using the device to check on baby from time to time and saving a recording of the heartbeat safe?

  • What? All a mom has to do is ask their OB the normal range �� actually, I think google is right on,this too. Is that the only argument?

  • Im 10 weeks pregnant today
    And i cant find my baby heartbeat
    And im worried about it, so i buy the fetal doppler im using it when deliver it,.
    But now im woried cause im just using my self pulse and it was one heartbeat its only mine my baby heartbeat icant find��

  • I feel like they try to warn against using your own fetal doppler for the simple fact health care provider$ rather you come in and spend your money�� Such bullshit. Anyone who is thinking of getting a fetal doppler, get it! I have one and it has put my mind to ease so many times and i have never had a problem with it.

  • Thank you so much for this video. We almost gave up after half an hour of looking for the heartbeat and hearing nothing. I watched your video and within 2 minutes we had found it. I now have a much less stressed girlfriend.

  • Good for you Bhaini. You just take it easy and take as much time as you need. Baby is more important…videos can wait until you are good & ready.

  • You weirdos freaking out in the comments… the video is called “is it safe to use at home” we already know they’re safe in general, otherwise the doctors wouldn’t use them, so she’s giving you the cons and reasons why it might not be a good idea to use them at home. With some of your angry and aggressive comments, I would def say it wouldn’t be safe for you to use them at home cuz you’d probably flip your lids and beat someone if you couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat.

  • Most importantly, just make sure “Bhaiyah” (your husband) is very supportive and doing as much as he can for you but since Indian families are traditionally large, everybody is expected to circle the wagons to make sure that it’s as easy for you as possible.

  • We love having a doppler at home! After having a loss we got one immediately when we got pregnant with our son! We found our son at 8w4 and with this one at 8w5d! Ahhhh grow little bean grow! ����

  • So I went to the clinic today to confirm my pregnancy and they said I was 10 weeks out. They did ask when my last period was. But I think I conceived on January which would be about 5 weeks from now. So how do you know the gestational age of the baby? Period or sex?

  • Just got my doppler at 12w2d. Found it the second go round. It’s still tricky to find even now and sometimes it’s too soft to register on the monitor but it’s an obvious sound. Also had my ultrasound 4 days ago and everything was fine. I’m glad I didn’t get the doppler sooner bc I was very worried about loss this time. If I couldn’t find it on my own that would’ve increased my anxiety. This is my 3rd baby.

  • To avoid stretch marks, ensure you don’t itch your skin, it’s gonna be a challenge but try to resist the itching of the stretching skin. Some Ayurvedic oils will assist it soothing the skin. If you’ve got an itch, gently rub it through your clothing but don’t actually itch it.

    So it’d be a good idea to start familiarizing the skin of he stomach by massaging Ayurvedic oil or another oil called “Bio-Oil” on the stomach.

  • Hey Bhaini…Badhai Hoon Aap ke.

    I’ve got a tip from the family. It’s an ancient Indian one, where in the old days a baby wasn’t born in a hospital with the bright overhead led lights. Try and ensure that the lighting is quite low, only lighting a small Diya as this will not be a huge sudden overwhelming stress on the new baby’s vision. It’ll give it ample time to adjust to the new world it’s born in.

  • Ok but is it SAFE?! Jesus Christ-a very simple question. Most moms will realize if there is a problem to go in, we have the dopplers to reassure us, the directions are simple to understand and use. The question is whether or not the device is safe for home use and you never answered it. Thanks for wasting my time! ����

  • You know when I was born, apparently my father used to listen to opera “Pavarotti” from what I was told. When I used to weep as a baby, my father would joke with my mother that: “There you go, “Pavarotti is singing.”

  • I have been really back and forth about getting a doppler… I’m 10 weeks 4 days now. I guess I’m nervous about not being able to find it and then getting stressed and nervous for no reason. Especially being my first pregnancy. I might wait until my second trimester ��❤️ thanks for this video!!! Super helpful

  • My husband bought me a Roo Prenatal Heartbeat Monitor and I’ll be 7 weeks tomorrow do you think it would be safe for me to use it right now I really wanna see if I hear my baby’s heartbeat

  • I used this same Doppler during my very last pregnancy. I wanted to be able to hear her when I wanted to and not just during prenatal visits. I did however have a hard pregnancy so I knew she would be my last. I’m glad I got to enjoy hearing her inside my belly until she was born. She is 5 now and a wild child.

  • Listen to plenty of soothing music from now on, it’s been suggested that when a Mumma listens to soothing music, the baby will absorb it & it will help in developing an intelligent child.

  • They just want you to go to thr dr and pay them hundreds of dollars to do the same thing you can do at home… its not that complicated. I HAVE ONE. its a hug3 difference between your heartbeat and the babies. An idiot could figure it out.. it has saved me so much stress to know my baby is ok.

  • She did not give a great argument on why a doppler should not be used. She did not say that it will do harm to the baby or it will cause a miscarriage or cause any birth defects. ��I think this video was useless and a way to make the doctors more and more ��. I am buying me a doppler to insure me that my kid is doing good. I think that was the best device that was put on the market��.

  • I have a doppler and use aloe Vera gel and I’m almost done with the bottle BECAUSE I have had a loss and would check 2-3 times a day. Now that I am 18 weeks and feel movement I might check once every couple of days. SO it is very easy to use a full bottle.

  • When are you due? Must be getting close!!! Best advice I can give (after giving birth 3x…preggo with #4) is to have a birth plan, but realize that it may all go out the window! However, don’t be too quick to accept unnecessary interventions…pitocin, epidural, artificial rupture of waters, as the more you have, the more likely to end up with a c-section. Stand or move as much as you can…gravity is your friend! Try to stay loose/relaxed during contractions vs tightening up. Warm/hot water, like a shower/tub is excellent for pain relief. Of course, emergencies can happen, but for the most part, do what feels right for you and screw inhibitions! If it feels right to hum, then do it! Squat, dance, circle your hips, laugh, cry…whatever you need to do bc it’s your birth experience and it is what you make it! Blessings to you and baby!��

  • Just being as calm and as relaxed as possible goes a very long way to helping you to have a very easy process during your pregnancy. Don’t bother with the outside world, only focus on you and bubba.

  • sonoliner was my best fiend.. I agree I only used it when my daughter kicked less than normal BUT was still kicking =] great video..miss your blogs

  • Its pretty easy to find babys heartbeat if you know what you are looking for, like a train or galloping horse. I use it a few times a day

  • I also found my baby’s heart beat at 9 weeks. �� It’s crazy. I’ve had two losses and I tried to conceive for 4 years. This is the farthest I’ve gotten. It’s such a relief hearing the baby’s heart beat. ��❤️

  • This was so helpful! I’ve watched a lot of other videos and couldn’t find the heartbeat until I watched this one. I had no idea that the heartbeat in the middle was the placenta. Before I was avoiding that area and looking elsewhere when I heard my heartbeat. But after watching this I found the placenta and looked around and “under” it, and there was baby!! First time hearing the heartbeat!!

  • When an Indian baby is born, traditionally the familial seniors will be there to gently massage the baby’s body with some warm oil (I think) such as the head and the torso.

  • Children’s Health Defense – RF Kennedy
    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/child-health-topics/known-culprit/ultrasound/prenatal-ultrasound-not-so-sound-after-all/

  • https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/014067369391944H

    In the new world of mom’s believing smoking weed for anxiety and sleeplessness, and Obesity is somehow not going to affect their baby, it’s hard to fathom a refusal of two or three ultrasounds during your pregnancy. I don’t know of anyone getting ‘frequent Ultra Sound studies, it probably happens in high risk mom’s, monitoring ‘problems’, but here is a study cited over 600 times in medical journals, potential for slight growth stunting maybe. In the world of risk vs benefits… this one seems like a home run to evaluate babies growth, amniotic fluid levels, abnormal heart conditions, placental location, birth defects, age, and others.

  • YEHEEEEY! YESTERDAY I WASNT ABLE TO FIND IT FOR OVER 15 TO 30MINS. AFTER I WATCHED AND FOLLOWED UR TIPS I FINALLY HEARD THE HEARTBEAT OF MY BABY THIS DAY. EXACT 12WEEKS TODAY! THANKYOUSOOOOOOMUCH:)

  • I’m left handed….. And I was held back 1st and 2nd grade. due to not communicating properly. I need to look more into left handedness