Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The first time you feel baby move and kick is one of the most amazing and wonderful feelings you'll experience in your lifetime. Some mothers say it feels like butterflies, some say it feels like bubbles.  Most moms report they feel movement by 20 weeks, although the range can be between 13-25 weeks according to the American Pregnancy Association. (1)
Hearing your baby's heartbeat also is a milestone, and many parents are looking into at-home fetal monitoring.  I was sent the AngelSounds Fetal Doppler from Fairhaven Health in exchange for a review.  I'd like to share my thoughts about the benefits of using a fetal doppler.
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A FETAL DOPPLER?
•  You may be able to hear the heartbeat as early as 8 weeks into pregnancy, although most will hear it by week 15.
•  Hearing that beautiful "thump thump thump" is so reassuring!
• After experiencing a loss, or after trying for so long to get pregnant, that little heartbeat is music to your ears.
•  Along with feeling movement, adding the sounds of baby's presence is comforting.
•  You do not have to leave wherever you are to hear baby's heartbeat.
•  Your significant other, siblings and other loved ones can have a better chance to bond with baby.
The AngelSounds Fetal Doppler is super simple to use.  It is ready to use right out of the box.  Just slather some coconut oil or DreamBelly Stretch Mark Butter from Fairhaven Health over your belly and turn it on.  Roll it across slowly and soon you'll pick up your angel's sounds!  After some practice and discussing normal fetal heart rate with my medical professional, I felt confident in locating my baby's heart beat.  To get a good reading, count the beats you hear for 15 seconds, then multiply that number by 4.  A normal fetal heart rate usually ranges from 110 to 160 beats per minute. (2)
The headphones included are softly padded and there's a rotary control knob to adjust volume to your liking.  The cord between the headphones and doppler leaves plenty of space to reach very low on your belly.  There is an additional cable to connect to the microphone adapter on your computer and you are able to record by using your own software!

I felt a great peace of mind thanks to this product and I feel it can be a very helpful tool during pregnancy!  Sometimes I really love technology!
It must be noted that if you are concerned about your baby's lack of movement, the best thing to do is seek consult with your healthcare provider as early as possible.  A doppler device is not intended to replace antenatal care.
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4 comments:

  1. This would have been so reassuring to have during my pregnancies. I used to get so nervous when my daughter would "swim away" from the nurse. It would take her almost a minute sometimes to find her heartbeat. Peace of mind is so nice when you're pregnant!

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  2. Doppler does use the same mechanism as an ultrasound, so overuse could be harmful. However, my midwife used a fetal Doppler at each of my visits starting at 12 weeks. I loved hearing my babies' heartbeats!

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  3. I would have loved to have one of those when I was pregnant. : 0 )

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  4. I'm definitely going to be getting on of these for my next pregnancies. Thank you for the great review!

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