At Home Fetal Doppler Monitor
Hearing your baby’s heartbeat is a wonderful and reassuring experience. The portable fetal doppler below can be used at home to test for your baby’s heartbeat.
What is a Fetal Doppler?
A fetal doppler monitor is a type of ultrasound that uses sound waves to check your baby’s heartbeat. This pocket fetal doppler translates movements into sound, which can usually first be heard during the second trimester—about 13 – 28 weeks into your pregnancy.
Dopplers were originally designed for use with medical professionals, though for the first trimester an ultrasound machine that allows the heartbeat to be heard are typically used.
When using a doppler at home before and even during the second trimester, it may be difficult to hear the heartbeat. This could be because it’s too early to hear, or the baby is in a position that makes it more difficult to hear.
How to Use a Fetal Doppler at Home
The fetal doppler will have its own instructions, but generally they work similar to an ultrasound.
Simply lie back, lift your shirt and lower your pants slightly, then apply some sonogram gel. Don’t have any? No worries, aloe vera gel or even a lotion can work. After applying this to your lower abdomen, move the doppler very slowly across your stomach until you hear your child’s heartbeat.
Do be aware not to solely rely on this at-home test if you think something is wrong. Seek professional medical attention instead to eliminate stress.