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Fetal Doppler Arrived!

My fetal doppler arrived yesterday, and of course I had to try it out pronto.  Many warned me they are difficult to use, especially this early, as I’m only 9w3d today.  I watched a few YouTube videos first, but sadly to say, I wasn’t able to pick up anything that sounded like a heartbeat.  Well, I take that back, I heard some ‘swishing’ noises, but the YouTube videos I watched said that noise is most likely the bloodflow to the placenta and not the baby’s heartbeat.  So, I’ll try again in a few days!

If anyone has any advice for using fetal dopplers, I’m all ears!

13 thoughts on “Fetal Doppler Arrived!

  1. Mine comes tomorrow! I have no tips since I’ve never tried it but will let you know if I’m able to get anything once it’s here.

  2. No advice, just that my midwife said its REALLY hard to hear anything with a doppler before 12 weeks because the uterus is still in the pelvic cradle.

    1. Okay, good to know. I’m trying to remember that and not panic when I can’t find it!

  3. I tried at 10 weeks but even my doctor couldn’t find it at 13 weeks so I waited until she could and then started using mine – that was about 16 weeks.

    1. That feels like forever from now!!

      1. I know! I thought the same thing! I just chose not to stress myself out trying before that incase I didn’t find it. I know there’s YouTube videos to find it sooner – maybe you’ll have some luck with that!

  4. In the early days, I could never find it in the morning. I could only find it on the evenings after I ate something and had a full glass of water in me. Hope this helps.

  5. I’m actually planning to do a blog post about it because I had trouble at first too, but once I got the hang of it it was really easy!
    You have to go down WAY low, like pubic hair line. It was way lower than I expected. Go slow and press down pretty good, then rock the wand back and forth. Try different angles before moving to another spot.
    I keep reading that it sounds like “a herd of horses” but I don’t think those people have been around horses much. It sounds like “wa wa wa” really fast.

  6. The angle of the probe can make a difference (props to hubby for figuring this one out). I have been using it with the probe completely flat to my tummy, but sometimes the doppler picks up the sound better if you try angling it different ways. That said, my doctor couldn’t pick the heartbeat up until 12 weeks on the doppler, so you may just need more time 🙂

  7. I have never used one, but I always heard that hearing the heartbeat before 12 weeks is really hard. They even had a hard time finding Damions heartbeat at 16 weeks due to the increase amount of fluid.

  8. I found mine at 8 weeks 6 days but it took a loooong time and I have experience from doing it with DD. Then I gave it a break and didn’t try again for a few days and it still took a long time. Well yesterday at 10 weeks I found it within 5 minutes. The number won’t register because the heartbeat seems to be behind my artery, so the doppler is picking up the lower number of my artery. But once you hear the galloping sound it is unmistakable so I don’t need to see the number to feel reassured. DH timed it with his watch and thought it was around 170.

    I’d give it a try at 10 weeks and see if you can find it. Mine was about 1-1.5 inches above my hairline and last week slightly to the right and this week slightly to the left. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

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