Love-Hate relationship with my fetal doppler.
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July 8th, 2013, 10:28 PM
Every breath is a gift.
Join Date: Mar 2012
I play around with my doppler maybe once a week once every other week to see if I can get a bpm reading. I haven't been told the bpm at any of my appointments and always forget to ask. My first appointment the ultrasound tech was having a hard time getting her measurements and I was on edge thinking there was something wrong, possibly no heart beat at all because the tech was making distressed faces. When she finally turned the screen to show me the heart flickering I was so happy to see it beating I didn't ask how many bpm it was. Then during my second appointment my Dr tried getting a reading on the doppler and couldn't find anything so I had a quick ultrasound to make sure everything was okay. When I was told baby was fine and moving around I forgot to ask again about the bpm!! Ugh!!!
Anyways, when I use my doppler *sometimes* I can hear a heart beat other than my own but it is too faint to pick up an actual bpm rate on the screen. FINALLY on Monday (with a full bladder) I very clearly and loudly heard baby's heart pounding away, and the doppler screen bounced between the numbers 166-168 bpm, eeeek!!
That same day I decided I wanted to record a video of it so I tried again on an empty bladder and couldn't find the heart beat at all!! Arrrrg
This whole doppler business is tricky and frustrating!! But when you finally do hear that little heart galloping away it's so amazing, you can't help but smile from ear to ear.
I think I have asked a million times, but when can you find the heart beat without having a full bladder?
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