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I have a fetal doppler, and have been loving listening to the baby's hb whenever I get the chance. This morning, however, I placed the probe on my abdomen and heard the usual sound I've grown so accutomed to hearing, and then the heartrate dropped suddenly. I was laying on my back and jumped up out of bed with the probe still on my ab. I listened and within 10 seconds the rate rose to the normal level again. Like a lunatic, I took the monitor with me to work and have listened to the hb once again this morning, and all is well. I am going to call the nurse and relay the story to her.
I'm trying not to jump to conclusions and self-diagnose (a real problem of mine) as I usually do. Anyone had similar experiences? I know calling the dr is my best bet, so I'll let you know what I hear.
That's what the nurse said, but she told me to come in this afternoon and he will check just to make sure...she always says I should do whatever is best for my peace of mind. I thought it might be mine as well, but I listened to it while it sped back up, so I don't think it was my own. Anyway, I'm going at 2:15 and will let you all know the outcome.
Good luck. I hope your Dr gives you peace of mind.
The drop in heartrate happeans to me to when I use my doppler. I think, like the others have said, the baby moves and you loose it's heartbeat. I usually just make sure that the heartbeat is there and in a normal range and then put the doppler away because otherwise I would go nuts analyzing the heartbeat too much.