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11th-Dec-2012 09:07 pm [doppler]
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At what point can I buy a doppler and expect to hear things? I'm 10w today, having my first midwife appt next Tuesday and then I'll be waiting several weeks for my ultrasound appt but I want to tell family about the baby on Christmas day as I'll be 12 weeks then and don't see my family often.  I'm reluctant to tell people mostly because I keep reading about missed miscarriages and I just want some reassurance... I've got every symptom in the book but if I had had a missed mc would the symptoms take ages to go away?
This is my first ever pregnancy so maybe I'm just worrying unnecessarily and I should tell people?

11th-Dec-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
As far as I have experienced in both my pregnancies your midwife will not look for a heartbeat next week as it's still so difficult to locate and they do not want to worry you unnecesarrily should they be unable to find it.

I don't mean this in any way to upset you but even if anything went wrong (knocks on wood) I would expect you'd want to share it with your family then too? We told some very very close friends before 12 weeks but all the parents and everyone else we told around twelve weeks.

I do not know when you can buy a doppler, I never had one. Sorry I can't help you there.
11th-Dec-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
The handhelds the drs use (typically) can get the heartbeat around 10-12 weeks (most say closer to 12, and most don't even try until then to keep from freaking out mom unnecessarily)

If you get a good dopplar, you should be able to get a heartbeat about the same time. (also depends on your size, I'm a bigger girl and was able to get one with a cheap kind at 15 weeks if i tried hard and long enough)

also depends some on how cooperative baby is and where he/she likes to play.

best thing to do is try, but don't freak out if you can't find anything right now. Its still early to find it easily. Its possible though, i've seen people get heartbeats that early.

Youtube has videos on "tricks" or meathods to find the heartbeat (like, start here and move the probe here and there and such)

Good luck!
11th-Dec-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't like home dopplers and I think they can be more trouble than anything. Midwives have 3 years of learning how to use a doppler for a reason and most dopplers you can buy for home use are quite useless, especially so early on.

As for telling people, I would tell the people you are closest to. They can help ease your worries and support you. :)
13th-Dec-2012 08:40 am (UTC)
This. I have a couple of friends who are midwives and they really discourage the use of dopplers, basically if your worried they would rather see you and examine you directly than have you check the HB yourself otherwise there could be a problem that isn't detected.

I can understand why people use them and was very tempted in my first pregnancy especially in the early stages when you don't know whats going on in there but you just have to trust its going ok. I was about 8-10 weeks at xmas in my first pregnancy and just told my friends and family, I would have needed them had things gone wrong and they all appreciated it was too early to get too excited and start buying stuff.
12th-Dec-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I wouldn't bother with a doppler, tbh. A well-meaning friend bought me one during my pregnancy and I never could find his heartbeat. Even at the end of my pregnancy, my OB who has been in practice for over 30 years had difficulty finding my son's heartbeat with the hospital grade equipment because he had his back turned to us and moved away from any type of pressure. So, it was pretty much useless.
12th-Dec-2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Another thing to consider is the safety of dopplers - particularly home dopplers. Many of them come with instructions that people don't follow - to only use for very short durations occasionally - half an hour of poking and hunting about, several times a day is not a 'short duration' or occasional.

There is good reason for these warnings - they can increase the temperature at the point of measurement by several degrees which can be dangerous to foetal development. Medical professionals are trained to find the baby within certain parameters, and know these risks. This isn't to say they are always dangerous, but they aren't supposed to be used as casual thing, they are medical equipment. I do understand your fears - maybe talk to your midwife at your appointment next week and get them to chat to you about brands, methods, safety etc and go from there?
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