As a mom, we all know the procedures during pregnancy. We have to make sure we don’t miss an appointment with the doctor. That’s where self-discipline starts. For us to be a responsible mom and wife one day. I always believe you should do things the right way from the beginning, to avoid disappointments in the future, which are very important for you and your family.
Tracking a baby’s heartbeat and watching them grow in your belly is priceless! What more a mother wants than a healthy baby growing inside her belly.
The most beautiful moment for me, a long time ago, was that first kick! The moment that I realize that there is life in my belly, a baby, a little miracle.
This is one of the most beautiful things that can ever happen to women. I think our lives would be very empty without children.
Let’s talk about, how we can connect with them, through baby monitors. Fetal Dopplers are very helpful to some parents.
How To Use An At-Home Fetal Doppler?
1. Insert batteries into your Doppler.
2. Lie back in a comfortable position. Having a full bladder is recommended, as this will help to bring your uterus up out of your pelvic cavity.
3. Lift your top, and move your pants and move your pants down slightly.
4. Apply the sonogram gel to your lower belly. If you don’t have sonogram gel, you can use aloe vera gel. This is a great alternative, and many lotions will work in a pinch.
5. Turn the device on, and slowly move it around until you can hear the heartbeat. Turn full volume, until a heartbeat is located, then adjust for comfort.
6.The earlier in the pregnancy the lower you’ll likely have to go. Try below your belly button. Do not keep it in one place too long, It can heat the tissue at some point.
Be aware that you’ll also hear your heartbeat and the pulse of an artery. Baby’s heartbeat is much faster than either of these.
How Does It Work?
A Fetal Doppler sends out a beam of high-frequency sound waves that reflect off various tissues, explains Keneth Lim, division head of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.
If the device detects a beating heart, it converts it into an auditory signal. These types of heartbeat ultrasounds also don’t produce images; instead, they pick up sounds of your baby’s heartbeat.
How Early Will An- Home Dopler Work?
Some brands claim that their fetal Doppler can detect heartbeats from 9 weeks into the pregnancy.
Others claim they only work from about 16 weeks and some companies state that their Doppler should only be used in the third trimester, this is from week 28 onward.
I always believe it is very important to read through the rules and regulations, of any product, before using it. In this case, ask your doctor.
By week 28 you should feel your baby kick, and may even hear the first heartbeat!
I can’t help smiling when I think about that first kick and little heartbeat! I think it’s one of the most beautiful sounds in the world for a parent.
It’s a new life, a new breath, a new heartbeat, your baby inside of you! It’s a perfect gift from God.
Can I Listen To My Baby’s Heartbeat At Home?
In life today, everything is possible. Technology makes it so easy for us. U can monitor your baby’s heartbeat with a hand-held Ultrasound device (Doppler) that uses sound waves to listen to a fetal heartbeat.
The idea of listening to the heartbeat, in between doctor’s appointments is appealing. It may also ease anxiety and fear, and help you feel more connected to your baby.
If you have other children in the house, you can share this special moment with them. I can imagine that excitement on their faces when they have to experience this with mom, priceless moments!
It’s always good to make your children part of your “pregnancy journey”They should also understand what you go through, and that they going to have another brother or sister in the house soon. They too should also prepare themselves for the big day.
Did You Miss A Doctor’s Appointment?
Remember, a fetal Doppler can never replace your doctor’s expertise. If you have this device at home you will be able to monitor your baby s heartbeat at home. You should also know when you allowed to use this device.
These monitors are very useful, but you should also know the surrounding danger. It’s best to use it only in case of emergencies.
If you ever have any concerns about your Doppler, speak to a medical professional.
The desire to use a fetal Doppler at home is understandable. Hearing that precious little heartbeat can be magical, but it is important to be aware of the potential issues with these devices.
Remember you can’t rely on a device to diagnose any problems with you or your baby.
Keep up with your appointments with the doctor. Always ask your doctor’s opinion about using a Doppler at home.
We should never be afraid of asking questions that ease any pregnancy fears.
Can Using A Doppler At Home Be Harmful To My Baby?
At- home fetal Doppler can be potentially harmful because it can give a false sense of reassurance according to the United Kingdom National Health Services. Using it for a few minutes Once a week, shouldn’t cause any harm to Your baby.
To be unable to find a heartbeat can cause panic. There are reasons for this difficulty you might be unable to find your baby s heartbeat if:
- You’re operating it incorrectly.
- The device is broken.
- Too early in the pregnancy to detect a heartbeat.
- The baby has moved into a position that makes detection more difficult.
What Is A Normal Fetal Heart Rate?
A normal fetal heart rate (FHR) usually ranges from 120 to 160 beats per minute, in the uteri period.
It is measurable sonographically from around 6 weeks, and the normal range varies during gestation, increasing to around 170 bpm( beats per minute) at 10 weeks, and decreasing from then to around 130 bpm at term.
A New Life, A New Heartbeat.
Although some parents think these devices are not safe, Many believe it’s very helpful because it helps them manage their anxiety and fear. And for some hearing that little heartbeat at home, is magic!
Some parents use it, some not. It’s their choice unless a doctor decides they should use it. There is the good and the bad in every product. The positive and the negative, In this case, it’s the beginning of a new life, A new Heartbeat!
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