The fetal heart can be detected as early as 8-12 weeks, it should be audible 95% of the time at 12 weeks and almost 100% audible at 14+ weeks into the pregnancy. Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a momentous occasion and usually takes place at a routine checkup with your Obstretrician, via a hand held fetal doppler or in some cases with an ultrasound machine. For many mums-to-be, the sound of baby’s heartbeat offers comfort that baby is well, a fetal doppler is also vital for those mums-to-be who are overly anxious or have previously experienced a difficult pregnancy. Whilst always consult with your health care provider if you have any concerns, a fetal doppler can help eliminate stress and doubt, allowing the expectant mum a level of relaxation she may not havepreviously had, benefitting both the growing baby and the mum-to-be. Inhealth.ie stock market leading fetal dopplers from brands such as Angelsounds, offering the chance to record and play music as you listen to your baby’s heartbeat in the privacy of your own home.
How often can I use a Fetal Doppler?
If using a Fetal Doppler, it is recommended that best practise is to be prudent. Use the doppler in short intervals, infrequently and for the best results use from the first trimester on. It is also suggested that an exam with a doppler should not last more than a 10 minute period, if detecting the heart beat is proving difficult in that time, take a break. If you have any concerns, contact your health provider at once.
How do I use my Fetal Doppler?
Begin the exam lying down with your stomach exposed, you can use either standing or sitting but lying down will have you at your most relaxed. Apply a generous amount of ultrasound gel to the Fetal Doppler probe and pass the transducer down the midline of your abdomen aiming downward behind the pubic bone. Then gently angle the probe to locate the fetal heart beat. Remember the fetal heart is quite faint in the early stages of pregnancy and you may have to be persistant in the early weeks in order to locate it. A full bladder can make the process easier.